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    grounded

    What does "grounded" mean in the following context?

    The family moved to a new house in Palo Alto. They wanted to raise grounded children, and Mona Simpson remembered that they lived simply.

    Thank you.

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    Re: grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What does "grounded" mean in the following context?

    The family moved to a new house in Palo Alto. They wanted to raise grounded children, and Mona Simpson remembered that they lived simply.

    Thank you.

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    I believe that it means something like: They wanted to raise children who were

    connected to reality. I believe that the key word in that sentence is "simply."

    In other words (I am assuming that the family is the Jobs family or some other

    important people), the parents did not want their children to think that they were

    better than other people. Neither did the parents want to live as do so many rich

    people (fancy cars, many houses, expensive clothes, servants, etc.).

    I believe that many young people who achieve fame and make a lot of money often

    get into trouble because they start to think that they are special and can do anything

    that they want. In other words, they do not lead a grounded existence.

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    #3

    Re: grounded

    I see.

    Many thanks for the kind explanation.

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    Re: grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I believe that it means something like: They wanted to raise children who were

    connected to reality. I believe that the key word in that sentence is "simply."

    In other words (I am assuming that the family is the Jobs family or some other

    important people), the parents did not want their children to think that they were

    better than other people. Neither did the parents want to live as do so many rich

    people (fancy cars, many houses, expensive clothes, servants, etc.).

    I believe that many young people who achieve fame and make a lot of money often

    get into trouble because they start to think that they are special and can do anything

    that they want. In other words, they do not lead a grounded existence.

    So much so that you are very likely to hear the phrase grounded into reality, which is used to talk about someone who does not ever lose sight of reality.
    Hope it helps

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    Re: grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    So much so that you are very likely to hear the phrase grounded into reality, which is used to talk about someone who does not ever lose sight of reality.
    Hope it helps
    "Grounded in reality" is possible. I've never met with "grounded into reality".

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    Re: grounded

    I have encountered 'grounded in reality', but not 'grounded into reality'. It sounds strange to me.

    ps. bhai is faster than me - again!
    Last edited by 5jj; 16-Jan-2012 at 16:00. Reason: ps added

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    Re: grounded

    You are totally right. My mistake... typo!!!

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    #8

    Re: grounded

    However, you can ground someone into reality...

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    Re: grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    However, you can ground someone into reality...
    Can you?

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    #10

    Re: grounded

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    However, you can ground someone into reality...
    ???
    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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