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    Red face I'd like to know the nuance of the following sentence.

    While reading an article about a cocktail (https://suite.io/cynthia-graham/1zwb2ks) , I encountered this sentence: "A bartender in Florida, was credited with devising the concoction, and naming it after the favorite Spring-break pastimes of visiting college students."

    I mostly understood the meaning of the sentence, but am not confident about the nuance of the last part, "the favorite Spring-break pastimes of visiting college students". I have the following questions.

    1. Is Spring-break pastimes favorite for the bartender? If not, what does this "favorite" mean?

    2. Does this "visiting college students" mean "college students who are visiting Florida"? Can I say "the favorite Spring-break pastimes of college students visiting Florida" instead? I don't understand the exact difference between "-ing + noun" and "noun + -ing".

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: I'd like to know the nuance of the following sentence.

    1. The favorite activity of the visiting students
    2. Yes. College students flock to Florida for Spring Break. You can re-word it as you suggest, but it only adds words.

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    Re: I'd like to know the nuance of the following sentence.

    I didn't even have to click the link to know what pasttime (and what drink) was being described.
    During spring break (a week off usually in February or March), college students take off, and many, many go to Florida. There, they drink a lot of alcohol and spend a lot of time on the beach - sometimes engaging in that pasttime.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Talking Re: I'd like to know the nuance of the following sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    1. The favorite activity of the visiting students
    2. Yes. College students flock to Florida for Spring Break. You can re-word it as you suggest, but it only adds words.
    Thank you! It was really helpful:)

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    Re: I'd like to know the nuance of the following sentence.

    There is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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