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    Question nature or natural?

    A dove had spent its lifetime in a cage and had never flown under a ___________ sky.
    Nature or natural should be in the gap? Thanks for help!

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Grammatically, the only possibility would be natural. But that would leave us with a sentence that makes no sense. There really isn't an "unnatural sky". The problem with the dove is having been unable to fly at all. It has nothing to do with the sky.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 27-Mar-2014 at 12:58. Reason: typo

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The problem with the dove is having been unable to fly at all.
    It could fly as long as the cage was large enough, e.g. this one.

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Hello!

    *I AM NOT A TEACHER OR NATIVE.*

    Can we consider something like "high space" as another meaning for "sky" as well? If so, then we can differentiate "a natural sky" from the one which is, for instance, constrained in a covert area (e.g. a very big and high but roofed space), right?

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Grammatically, the only possibility would be natural. But that would leave us with a sentence that makes no sense. There really isn't an "unnatural sky". The problem with the dove is having been unable to fly at all. It has nothing to do with the sky.

    I think it means the sky in nature, instead of an artificial one. The question is since a noun can also be used to modify another noun, why can't "nature" be used in this sentence?

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    First of all, we need to use an adjective, but "nature" is a noun.
    Secondly, I can't imagine any unnatural, artificial sky. The question seems strange for me.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: nature or natural?

    I have never heard "nature sky" and would not know what it means. I still don't know what an "artificial" or "unnatural sky" would be.

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    Re: nature or natural?

    It had never flown free. Never in the open air.

    If it is flying inside a large cage or inside a building, that is one thing. But it isn't an artificial or unnatural sky.

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    I think it means the sky in nature, instead of an artificial one.
    My compatriot, we may say "大自然的天空" in Chinese, but it may be weird to say "a natural sky" in English because an artificial or unnatural sky is inconceivable. We should avoid using Chinglish.

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    Re: nature or natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Hsn View Post
    Can we consider something like "high space" as another meaning for "sky" as well? If so, then we can differentiate "a natural sky" from the one which is, for instance, constrained in a covert area (e.g. a very big and high but roofed space), right?
    We don't normally do this, but you could for poetic or descriptive effect. In London's St Pancras station, the metal is painted blue to try to create the effect of an artificial sky with the glass, so it's not impossible, but I don't walk out of the station and think it's the natural sky outside: http://www.elleuk.com/var/elleuk/sto...chamber_TA.jpg

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