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    sitting towards the rear

    He was sitting towards the rear.

    This sentence is taken from Collins Cobuild Usage. The Chinese Translated version of the book interprets this sentence as 'He was sitting facing the rear'.

    I think this sentence means 'He was sitting near the rear'. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: sitting towards the rear

    Yes.

    The only practical way of saying that he was sitting facing the rear is that he was sitting facing the rear.

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    Re: sitting towards the rear

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    He was sitting towards the rear.

    This sentence is taken from Collins Cobuild Usage. The Chinese Translated version of the book interprets this sentence as 'He was sitting facing the rear'.

    I think this sentence means 'He was sitting near the rear'. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.
    No. Picture a classroom with the teacher, the teacher's desk, a white/blackboard etc. in the front of the room and all students facing the front of the room except Joham, who was facing the rear of the room. Joham could be sitting at any location in the room but facing the rear.

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    Re: sitting towards the rear

    Yes, you are right. If I get on a plane and sit towards the rear, it means my seat is far back in the plane, not that it faces backwards. We would say that he was sitting facing the rear or that his seat faced the rear if that was what was meant.

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    Re: sitting towards the rear

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    Originally Posted by joham
    He was sitting towards the rear.

    This sentence is taken from Collins Cobuild Usage. The Chinese Translated version of the book interprets this sentence as 'He was sitting facing the rear'.

    I think this sentence means 'He was sitting near the rear'. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.
    No. Picture a classroom with the teacher, the teacher's desk, a white/blackboard etc. in the front of the room and all students facing the front of the room except Joham, who was facing the rear of the room. Joham could be sitting at any location in the room but facing the rear.




    I think this may be a case of intercontinental drift!

    In the UK, we would picture a coach with 30 forward-facing rows of seats. The passenger in row 1 is at the front, the one in row 30 is at the back, or rear. Those in row 4 are toward the front, whilst those in row 27 are toward the rear.

    But little Johnny Different is sitting in the aisle on his suitcase facing the rear, so he can talk to his friends further back.

    It looks like you'll have to decide which country you're in! Or not.
    Last edited by The Dude; 17-Mar-2011 at 01:56. Reason: Confusion reigns!

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