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    built = accumulated?

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    AURORA, Colo. Anticipation built in the packed, darkened movie theater. Life and its cares began to recede.

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    Re: built = accumulated?

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    Yes. The anticipation increased gradually over a period of time. See also:

    4feeling

    also build up [intransitive and transitive] if a feeling builds or if you build it, it increases gradually over a period of time: Tension began to build as they argued more frequently.
    In order to build your self esteem, set yourself targets you can reach.

    build - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
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    Re: built = accumulated?

    AURORA, Colo. Anticipation built in the packed, darkened movie theater. Life and its cares began to recede.


    Does anticipation mean "pleasurable expectation" here?

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    Re: built = accumulated?

    From the Collins COBUILD Dictionary on CD-ROM 2006:

    Anticipation is a feeling of excitement about something pleasant or exciting that you know is going to happen.

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    Re: built = accumulated?

    Hello, Gillnetter.
    May I ask you a question?
    I don't really understand the last sentence: "Life and its cares began to recede."
    I think "cares" means something like "worries". If so, "its cares began to recede" basically means "worries about life began to get weaker" in my opinion. However, "Life began to recede." does not make much sense to me.

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    Re: built = accumulated?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    However, "Life began to recede." does not make much sense to me.
    I could be wrong, but I think that the author is trying to say that when people sit in a movie theatre, they forget about their own life because they become absorbed in the movie, so to speak.

    I would be intrested to know if my interpretation is right.
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    Re: built = accumulated?

    I agree, or even "reality" - in a good movie, reality can fade away and you can be swept away by the story.
    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: built = accumulated?

    CS: You have the right idea, but look again at the tense. It's not a statement about what typically happens, it's about what did happen on one occasion.

    tzfujimino: I think you're trying to read too much into 'life... recedes'. Of course, life itselfdoesn't. You may think that it's rather lazily written!

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    PS Barb's word - 'reality' - might solve tzfujimno's problem.
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