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    #1

    could have with two arm

    She is a handicapped sufer who lost her one arm. What is omitted or implied in "could have with two arms"? Does it refer to the past hypothetical situation or the present one?

    8)The following is an interview with Bethany.
    Reporter 1 : Are you upset (that) you didn't win today?
    Bethany : I didn't come to win. I came to surf.
    Reporter 2 : If you could go (can go) back to that day, would you still have gone surfing ?
    Bethany : I wouldn't change what happened to me, because then I wouldn't have this chance in front of you-
    -this chance to embrace more people than I ever
    could have with two arms

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    Re: could have with two arm

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    When asked if she regrets going surfing on the day she lost her arm, she says that the accident has enabled her to have a career where she meets, befriends and presumably inspires many more people than she might have without the disability. So I think "embrace" is intended to include all sorts of positive interaction, not just hugging.

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    Re: could have with two arm

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    She is a handicapped sufer who lost her one arm. What is omitted or implied in "could have with two arms"? Does it refer to the past hypothetical situation or the present one?

    8)The following is an interview with Bethany.
    Reporter 1 : Are you upset (that) you didn't win today?
    Bethany : I didn't come to win. I came to surf.
    Reporter 2 : If you could go (can go) back to that day, would you still have gone surfing ?
    Bethany : I wouldn't change what happened to me, because then I wouldn't have this chance in front of you-
    -this chance to embrace more people than I ever
    could have with two arms
    Aside from the main question, which has been answered, are you certain that the first part was copied correctly?
    She is a handicapped surfer who lost her one arm - This means that she only had one arm and then lost it, leaving her with no arms.
    She is a handicapped surfer who lost one arm - This means that she lost one arm.

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    Re: could have with two arm

    It wasn't copied from some source, I just made it, but you made me realize my mistake. Thanks a lot!!!

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    #5

    Re: could have with two arm

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    It wasn't copied from some source, I just made it up, but you made me realize my mistake. Thanks a lot!!!
    Really? I thought her use of 'embrace' was intentional ('embrace' refers- etymologically [compare bras, brazo, bracchio etc] - to arms, so I thought it was a quite clever use of the word.

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    #6

    Re: could have with two arm

    "She is a handicapped surfer who lost her arm."
    This is still ambiguous. Was she a handicapped surfer before she lost her arm? Or did she only become handicapped by losing her arm?


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