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    by the pound - as we speak

    Would you please tell me the meaning of 'by the pound' and 'as' in these pieces of a lyric?

    The Couch Potato sits around.
    He eats junk food by the pound.


    He's at the theater as we speak.

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    Re: by the pound - as we speak

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Would you please tell me the meaning of 'by the pound' and 'as' in these pieces of a lyric?

    The Couch Potato sits around.
    He eats junk food by the pound.


    He's at the theater as we speak.
    If you eat anything "by the pound", you eat a pound of it at one sitting. A pound is a weight measurement.
    "As we speak" means "right now" - we are speaking right now and, at the same time, he is at the theatre.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Aug-2013 at 09:41. Reason: Fixing typo.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: by the pound - as we speak

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you eat anything "by the pound", you eat a pound of it at one sitting. A pound is a weight measurement.
    "As we speak" means "right now" - we are speaking right now and, at the same time, he is at the theatre.
    Not exactly one pound, of course. The idea is that if you were to measure what he ate, the unit of measure you would use is the pound. (And not the ounce, which is 16 times smaller and the unit usually used to measure food.)

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    Re: by the pound - as we speak

    Just for the OP's information (in case he uses the metric system): Let me google that for you (pounds to kilograms).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: by the pound - as we speak

    Yes, 2.2 pounds per kilogram. So a pound is roughly half a kg (in the same way a kilometer is roughly half a mile).

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