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    drawing the line

    I donít mind doing some gardening but I draw the line at digging.

    Does that mean that I am willing to dig, but that's my limit, or does it mean that digging is out of the question?

    Thanks

    phi

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    Re: drawing the line

    Quote Originally Posted by ophiuchus View Post
    I donít mind doing some gardening but I draw the line at digging.

    Does that mean that I am willing to dig, but that's my limit, or does it mean that digging is out of the question?

    Thanks

    phi

    NOT A TEACHER

    DEAR FELLOW MEMBER OPHIUCHUS:

    (1) I believe that your second interpretation is 100% correct.

    (a) In other words, you draw a line that you will not cross.

    (i) Here is a true example. It concerns a very sensitive and

    delicate subject. I will be super careful with my words.

    A few months ago, the people in a certain country protested

    in the streets. The president told the army to use guns to

    stop the protesters. The generals replied, "We will try to

    ask the protesters to go home, but we draw the line at shooting

    our fellow citizens." So today that president has "retired."


    Respectfully yours,


    James








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    #3

    Re: drawing the line

    Hello James,

    thank you very much for your help. Your example makes it perfectly clear.

    I will resist the temptation to try and guess what country you are referring to...

    phi

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    Re: drawing the line

    Quote Originally Posted by ophiuchus View Post
    Hello James,

    thank you very much for your help. Your example makes it perfectly clear.

    I will resist the temptation to try and guess what country you are referring to...

    phi
    The leader may be Vietnamese, the protesters may be some in China (they are Chinese). All happened on an island of Vietnam!

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