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    What does "grounded to the house" mean?

    If "grounded to" mean "having enough reason to be in", I'm aftraid it should be "(I was not) grounded to the house."
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    At the house, the dual punishment of hunger and violent
    attacks continued. By this time, for all practical purposes, I was
    no longer a member of the family. I existed, but there was little
    or no recognition. Mother had even stopped using my name;
    referring to me only as The Boy. I was not allowed to eat meals
    with the family, play with my brothers, or watch television. I
    was grounded to the house. I was not allowed to look at or speak
    to anybody. When I returned to the house from school, I
    immediately accomplished the various chores Mother assigned
    me. When the chores were finished, I went directly to the
    basement, where I stood until summoned to clean off the dinner
    table and wash the dishes. It was made very clear that getting

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    Re: What does "grounded to the house" mean?


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    Re: What does "grounded to the house" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "Grounded" is a term, maybe specific to the US, which means that a person, usually a younger person, is not allowed to leave the home. If you break the rules of the home and your parents so decide, you can be grounded - you cannot leave the home except to go to school, to church, or to other places that your parents allow you to go to.
    And its origin is as a term used to penalize airmen who broke a rule and were restricted from flying for some period of time.

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    Re: What does "grounded to the house" mean?

    I'm supposing the distinction is being made here to the more severe penalty of being grounded to one's own room.

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    #5

    Re: What does "grounded to the house" mean?

    These days, for "grounding" to be an effective punishment, you have to take away electronics too. Right now, my daughter (who is not grounded, by the way) is in her room, having an extended video chat with her friend while they watch videos together over screen sharing and she listens to her iPod.

    (Based on the passages you've given us, this seems like a very disturbing book.)
    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: What does "grounded to the house" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "Grounded" is a term, maybe specific to the US, ...
    It used in Britain.

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