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    She was road rage waiting to happen

    The demotion
    was embarrassing. They moved her to an office in Kent, and she
    suddenly had an hour-long commute every day, each way. She was
    road rage waiting to happen.
    Road rage is particular behaviour by car drivers towards other car drivers. If that is so, how can a person become a particular behaviour? The sentence, It's road rage waiting to happen, sounds much more reasonable. But how is it that the first sentence is correct? Is it just "the way it is"?

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    Re: She was road rage waiting to happen

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    Hello, Chicken Sandwich:

    You have raised an excellent point.

    Do you think that it might simply be a shorter way to say:

    "She was [an example of] road rage waiting to happen."

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    Re: She was road rage waiting to happen

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    "She was [an example of] road rage waiting to happen."
    Thank you, that makes a lot of sense. I didn't know that it was considered correct to ommit "an example of".

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    Re: She was road rage waiting to happen

    The behaviour is implied in the format. I've heard things like 'He shouldn 't go out in that state - it's an accident waiting to happen. Another example is 'He shouldn't go on eating like that and taking no exercise - it's a heart-attack waiting to happen - again, separate subjects for the two clauses.

    A similar idiom, but with the subject personified, is 'N's a walking time-bomb'- where N is a person (though as the nature of the disaster - unlike in those other examples - is not specified, and the person isn't literally a time-bomb, the use of a personal subject is less uncomfortable!)

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    Re: She was road rage waiting to happen

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The behaviour is implied in the format. I've heard things like 'He shouldn 't go out in that state - it's an accident waiting to happen. Another example is 'He shouldn't go on eating like that and taking no exercise - it's a heart-attack waiting to happen - again, separate subjects for the two clauses.

    We also use "She's an accident waiting to happen" etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She was road rage waiting to happen

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Thank you, that makes a lot of sense. I didn't know that it was considered correct to ommit "an example of".
    This sort of usage is OK in colloquial language, but I wouldn't use it in any formal context.

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