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    #1

    We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.

    We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.
    (from a book about using articles)

    The colon means "because" here, right? We didn't take beer or wine because they are a mistake on a trip.
    If so, does this saying seem idiomatic?
    I would expect:
    We didn't take beer or wine: they are unsuitable / inappropriate on a trip.
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.

    I don't know why the author thinks beer or wine are a mistake, so I can't say if he thinks it is "unsuitable" or "inappropriate."

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    Re: We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't know why the author thinks beer or wine are a mistake, so I can't say if he thinks it is "unsuitable" or "inappropriate."
    I agree with the author, whiskey is better.

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    #4

    Re: We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.

    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

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    Re: We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.
    You get more abv with whiskey, less weight to carry.

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    #6

    Re: We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    We didn't take beer or wine: they are a mistake on a trip.
    (from a book about using articles)

    The colon means "because" here, right? We didn't take beer or wine because they are a mistake on a trip.
    If so, does this saying seem idiomatic?
    I would expect:
    It's fine grammatically.

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