Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2012
    • Posts: 772
    #1

    reach down

    “I’ ve been doing this job for 10 years,and I can’t think of any case where we’ve had a parent call about a lost child,and it turning out to be foul play,” Natale says.
    During the hustle and bustle of the season,Natale also reminds shoppers to keep one thing in mind. “A lot of people willsee a kid running, and they’ll see a parent chasing after them. Most of thetime people just watch them go past,” he says. “People are afraid to helpbecause they’re afraid they’ll get accused of something, but I know you can reach down and grab his jacket and say ‘Is this yours?”
    Whatdoes the underlined sentence mean?

    Thanks

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,221
    #2

    Re: reach down

    You slow down/stop the child by grabbing him/her by the jacket and ask the parent, essentially, if they are looking for "this" (meaning the child). No, we don't usually refer to children as "this" but it's a little attempt a humor, they way you'd pick up a pen that someone has dropped when you see them patting down their pockets looking for the pen, and say [Are you] looking for this?"
    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.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2012
    • Posts: 772
    #3

    Re: reach down

    Thank you! Got it!

Similar Threads

  1. Reach
    By uuzai47 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Apr-2011, 20:10
  2. [Idiom] Reach out
    By Gilles L in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-Nov-2010, 15:02
  3. reach out,
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Mar-2010, 14:44
  4. Reach out ?
    By sky753 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2009, 22:40
  5. [Idiom] a reach for somebody
    By eliang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30-Dec-2008, 05:13

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •