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    "ribbon"

    I went to the shop and saw the pack of ribbon with the name on the package "ribbon" which I understand.

    But I saw another pack of product which is used for making ribbon which named "ribbon" as well.

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    During conversation or writing, how can we know what does it really mean by saying "ribbon"?


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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I went to the shop and saw the pack of ribbon with the name on the package "ribbon" which I understand.

    But I saw another pack of product which is used for making ribbon which named "ribbon" as well. I have no idea what this means. What kind of product is it?

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    During conversation or writing, how can we know what does it really mean by saying "ribbon"? How do we know what any word with more than one meaning mean? Context. In most situations, ribbon means the narrow piece of some material/cloth. But when I just say "I have a ribbon" without any context, I could be talking about hair ribbons or typewriter ribbons. You won't know without further information.


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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I went to the shop and saw the pack of ribbon with the name on the package "ribbon" which I understand.

    But I saw another pack of product which is used for making ribbon which named "ribbon" as well.
    This is what I normally understand by "ribbon":



    and I guess you classified it as "the product used for making ribbon". What's the ready-made product you had in mind Ju?
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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I could be talking about ... typewriter ribbons
    Luddite.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    This is what I normally understand by "ribbon":



    and I guess you classified it as "the product used for making ribbon". What's the ready-made product you had in mind Ju?

    1. the hair accessories for the little girls

    2. those for packing a present


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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Luddite.
    Do you mean the correct name of typwriter tape is luddite?


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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1. the hair accessories for the little girls

    2. those for packing a present


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    Both of them are ribbons. You know which one it is from context.

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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Do you mean the correct name of typwriter tape is luddite?


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    No. A Luddite is someone who's against technological progress. Barb was making a joke because typewriters are "ancient technology" by now.

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    Re: "ribbon"

    Don't forget about the ribbons you display to reveal which diseases you are against!

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    Re: "ribbon"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Don't forget about the ribbons you display to reveal which diseases you are against!
    Is it not that you wear them because you are against prejudice against the disease?

    ps. There is also a ribbon to show that you are against prejudice against (i.e, you wish to show solidarity with) gay people. Homosexuality is not a disease.

    Sorry, Dave -a little picky.

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