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    What does this mean?

    What does "plain-dwelling" mean?

    A stay-at-home plain-dwelling English child commits to memory the measurements and altitudes of the world's principle mountain peaks.

    And what's the meaning of this sentence?

    Thanks.



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    Re: What does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    What does "plain-dwelling" mean?

    A stay-at-home plain-dwelling English child commits to memory the measurements and altitudes of the world's principle mountain peaks.

    And what's the meaning of this sentence?

    Thanks.


    Perhaps BE speakers use 'plain dwelling' in a specific way, but to me it sounds like it's simply saying that the child comes from a very average household (i.e., not a rich family in a big house, just average and ordinary (plain)).

    It's saying that this child spends much of his time inside (stay-at-home) and has memorized facts about major mountains around the world, like their height (and other measurements).

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: What does this mean?

    I interpret "plain-dwelling" to mean "dwelling on the plains" as our ancestors were when they came down from the trees. The child has never seen mountains, so the only way he knows how high they are is from books. If the tone of the rest of the article is anthropological, that would tend to confirm it.

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