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    Question There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the whole

    Hello,

    I'm reading a novel called "Farewell summer" written by Ray Bradbury, and this is the very beginning of the book.

    "There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the whole earth in its waiting"

    Could you please help me understand this sentence? I'm particulary confused by the words that I underlined.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the w

    It's not a very natural sentence.

    Some days, it feels like if you held your breath, the world would stop until you exhale.
    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: There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the w

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's not a very natural sentence.

    Some days, it feels like if you held your breath, the world would stop until you exhale.

    Hello Barb_D,

    Thank you so much for your kind explanation.
    This rephrased sentence is easy to understand.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the w

    Mr. Bradbury is describing one of those very special days where the air is crisp and full of promise (to be a wonderful day), the sun is bright and causing its own sparkle to reflect off everything, etc. Where just to be outside and take a breath is to feel the beauty of nature and the potential of doing anything wonderful. And it feels like you could potentially take a breath and the world would stop and wait for you to breathe out before the gorgeous day could move on...

    The second word you underlined "held" refers to the first phrase you underlined about "taking in a breath". I also am not a teacher but I love Ray Bradbury's stories and style of writing - and I use the English (American) language every day for work and play...
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    Re: There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the w

    Quote Originally Posted by eunice65078 View Post
    Mr. Bradbury is describing one of those very special days where the air is crisp and full of promise (to be a wonderful day), the sun is bright and causing its own sparkle to reflect off everything, etc. Where just to be outside and take a breath is to feel the beauty of nature and the potential of doing anything wonderful. And it feels like you could potentially take a breath and the world would stop and wait for you to breathe out before the gorgeous day could move on...

    The second word you underlined "held" refers to the first phrase you underlined about "taking in a breath". I also am not a teacher but I love Ray Bradbury's stories and style of writing - and I use the English (American) language every day for work and play...

    Hello eunice65078,

    Thank you for the beautiful explication.
    I like his novels, too.
    This book seems a bit too difficult for me, but I'm enjoying the story so far.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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