Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 12
    #1

    Is this an idiom?

    Hallo teacher,

    I read a sentence in which I feel a verb is missing, but I could be mistaken, in case it is an idiom. The sentence goes like this:

    "If art making is going through this adventurous and tortuous path, imagine what the kind of water in which painting is currently navigating."

    Can you verify?

    Thank you very much.
    Arteberlina

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #2

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    "...what kind of water painting is ..."

    The entire sentence is rather clunky.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 12
    #3

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    I agree but what you offer is clearly not what is meant...

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,307
    #4

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    If you know what is meant, why are you asking for help here?

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #5

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    My main problem with the sentence is that it is attempting to create a contrast between "art making" and "painting". Isn't painting a type of art?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 12
    #6

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    Hmmm, interesting ... I will think about this.

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

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #7

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    Also, we usually refer to things navigating "waters​".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,833
    #8

    Re: Is this an idiom?

    It would read better to me if it said imagine the waters which painting is currently navigating. It's not an idiom, but the sentence is a bit of a mess.

Similar Threads

  1. [Idiom] The meaning of an idiom or is it not an idiom?
    By purpleblossom in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2010, 17:50
  2. idiom
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2008, 21:28
  3. [Idiom] is there an idiom?
    By jctgf in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Jul-2008, 20:57
  4. something about idiom
    By lamanouyang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 22-Mar-2008, 15:35
  5. REPLY TO THIS IDIOM(i want to know the idiom)
    By MOgnaraj in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2006, 15:37

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
  •