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    Yearn

    Hi everyone! Is the use of yearn correct in the following sentence:


    "He was sailing under a storm, yearning for lightning".he was sailing under a storm, yearning for lightning".

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    Re: Yearn

    Actually no sailor would choose to sail under a storm, let alone yearn for lightning. Therefore the meaning must be poetic, and further context is needed to interpret it.

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    Re: Yearn

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Actually no sailor would choose to sail under a storm, let alone yearn for lightning. Therefore the meaning must be poetic, and further context is needed to interpret it.

    probus, you are right. The meaning is poetic and the context is that of someone who stands around expecting things to happen to him. The complete sentence is "He sailed under thunderstorm yearning for lightning that would set his life on fire". Is this correct?

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    Re: Yearn

    He sailed under a thunderstorm ...

    Otherwise it's fine.

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    Re: Yearn

    Operario, in future please give the full context from the outset.

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