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    act of god

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?


    Today we got an act of God.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: act of god

    Hi Silverobama

    For "Act of God" see the dictionary definition:

    act of God - definition of act of God by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    "A manifestation especially of a violent or destructive natural force, such as a lightning strike or earthquake, that is beyond human power to cause, prevent, or control."

    R21

    PS The word "got" grates on my NES ear a little.
    I would have personally said:
    "Today we experienced an act of God."

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    Re: act of god

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post

    PS The word "got" grates on my NES ear a little.

    Got doesn't grate anything for me. But out of any context, it is a strangely constructed sentence.

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    Re: act of god

    Hi freezeframe

    Yes, I agree.
    In hindsight, I should have added "in this context" (if it could have been read that I had [got] a problem with "got" per se).

    Best regards
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    Last edited by Route21; 11-May-2011 at 17:02. Reason: Clarification bearing in mind Raymott's comments

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    Re: act of god

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Hi freezeframe

    Yes, I agree.
    In hindsight, I should have added "in this context".

    Best regards
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    I think you were right the first time. I can't think of a context where "We got an Act of God" sounds right (at least in AusE). Maybe "We had an Act of God."

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    Re: act of god

    I guess if you're looking at the devastating flooding that just destroyed thousands of homes, "We've got an act of God here" might some out without the "'ve."


    For what it's worth, some insurance coverages either apply or don't apply when the cause of the damage is "an act of God."

    If I drive my car into your living room, you have an accident.
    If lightning strikes a tree that then falls into your living room, you have an act of God.
    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: act of god

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I guess if you're looking at the devastating flooding that just destroyed thousands of homes, "We've got an act of God here" might some out without the "'ve."


    For what it's worth, some insurance coverages either apply or don't apply when the cause of the damage is "an act of God."

    If I drive my car into your living room, you have an accident.
    If lightning strikes a tree that then falls into your living room, you have an act of God.
    It's the "today" that throws me off the most. "Yesterday we got free cake. Today we got an act of God. Life is so unfair"?

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    Re: act of god

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    It's the "today" that throws me off the most. "Yesterday we got free cake. Today we got an act of God. Life is so unfair"?
    Without the article it could make sense though, in a discussion between students of insurance: "Today we got 'Act of God' again, tomorrow let's hope we get some other topic."

    b

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