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  1. Newbie
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    Drift

    Hi. Please help me to use "drift" correctly.


    Q-1) Is it common(or even correct) to use it like the example below?

    "I understand all the words in the text below but I don't get the general drift".


    Q-2) And also please tell me, what does it mean when we use "drifting" as an adjective?

    "I told you everything," Said Louisa in a faint and drifting voice.


    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by arkesh; 08-Mar-2014 at 11:51.

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    Re: Drift

    I am not a teacher.

    These are two completely different meanings of "drift".

    A phrase such as, "I get the drift" is idiomatic and means "I understand the general meaning of what you are saying." It is very common.

    Your other example appears to use one of the standard meaning of "to drift". Slow, aimless, casual movement applied metaphorically to the way Louisa is speaking.

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    Re: Drift

    Thank you Roman :)

    Can we use "drift" for a text or an example sentence only for a conversation(speaking). I mean, can I use it in this forum for a particular text or phrase.

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    Re: Drift

    It's not only used in conversation.

    You can use it in writing anytime it's relevant.

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