Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Crowned 91's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 93
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Friend or foe

    Hi! I found the following sentences:
    - Are the foods you're eating friend or foe?
    -He's sworn to treat all wounded men, friend or foe.
    My question is: "Why are the nouns "friend" and "foe" used in the singular here ? Is it a fixed expression as in "Four people were taken prisoner/ Four people were taken hostage "?

    Is it possible to say the following sentences in other contexts?
    "They were foes"
    "They are friends"
    " We are foes, not friends"

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 34,240
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Friend or foe

    The word "foe" is not used very often except in the set phrase "friend or foe". Generally, we use "enemy". So you can say "They are friends", "They are enemies" and "We are enemies, not friends".

    I'm not sure what connection you are trying to make with your "taken prison/hostage" sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2014, 04:14
  2. enemy and foe
    By Boris Tatarenko in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15-Feb-2014, 16:00
  3. asking foe help
    By sglzjh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Jun-2009, 12:20
  4. [General] enemy / foe
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-Mar-2009, 17:22
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Nov-2006, 19:32

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •