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  1. Newbie
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    Impossible connection for a non Anglophone

    I Wonder if English speakers may feel the same about certain words of which the noun and the verb are not in relation at all. Here is an example to illustrate what I meant, a 'mug' is a large cup to drink ; as a verb 'to mug' is to assault. From my perspective there is no way one can relate both. Moreover, 'mug' equally means face of gullible or mouth of gullible. I Wonder if even a anglophone can have difficulty to make a link with them.

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    Re: Impossible connection for a non Anglophone

    No.
    As you were told in your other, similar post, we can tell what is meant by the context in which it is used.

    We don't try to make a "link" between words with the same spelling but completely different meanings.
    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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