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    Question The usage of wrap

    Hello,

    I looked up into some English dictionaries before I post this thread.

    According to this picture [ http://tinyurl.com/ctytuhg ], how should one describe in proper English what the doctor is doing by using "wrap" ?

    (A) The doctor wraps a bandage around the patient's leg/ankle.
    (B) The doctor wraps the patient's leg/ankle with a bandage.

    I prefer (A), but I'm not sure of (B).


    And which of the following sentences is the feasible description?

    (C) The doctor helps him wrap his leg/ankle.
    (D) The doctor helps him out with the wrapping. (With or without "the"?)

    While marking homework, I observed that quite a few students (EFL learners) wrote sentences like (C). I tend to ask them to rephrase it into (D) in that my own picture of (C) is that both the patient and the doctor are doing the wrapping.

    To my knowledge, in the expression A helps B out, it is too difficult for B to do something and B needs help from someone else.



    I would like advice from native English speakers. Thanks.


    Regards,

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    Re: The usage of wrap

    I would simply say, "The doctor bandaged the patient's leg"' and, "The doctor helped him bandage his leg".

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    Re: The usage of wrap

    However, among the specific choices of C and D, I would choose C as the more natural.

    Either A or B is fine. You can refer to the item used for wrapping, or the object being wrapped.
    I wrapped the chicken in freezer paper. I wrapped freezer paper around the chicked. Either way is fine.
    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: The usage of wrap

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    However, among the specific choices of C and D, I would choose C as the more natural.

    Either A or B is fine. You can refer to the item used for wrapping, or the object being wrapped.
    I wrapped the chicken in freezer paper. I wrapped freezer paper around the chicked. Either way is fine.
    I bet the chicken didn't like that!

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    Re: The usage of wrap

    By the time, the chicken and I become acquainted, I think its preferences for anything were long since gone.
    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: The usage of wrap

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    By the time, the chicken and I become acquainted, I think its preferences for anything were long since gone.
    I am appalled by your foul disregard of the feelings of the poor hen, and I will accept no paltry exuses.

    Incidentally, I have just learnt something new. I was completely unaware of the existence of 'freezer paper' until I read your post #3. I don't know whether this is because I have been away from England for some time, or because it's an AmE thing.

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    Re: The usage of wrap

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am appalled by your foul disregard of the feelings of the poor hen, and I will accept no paltry exuses.

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    Re: The usage of wrap

    I've never heard of freezer paper.

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    #9

    Re: The usage of wrap

    Maybe you call it butcher paper?
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    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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