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    Lightbulb out to mine shafts

    Hello,
    According to the following attachment:
    what does "out to mine" mean?!


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    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: out to mine shafts

    Do you know what a "mine shaft" is?

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    Re: out to mine shafts

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Do you know what a "mine shaft" is?
    No, I knew what does it mean, I want to know what does 'out to' mean?!
    Thanks

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    #4

    Re: out to mine shafts

    I am not a teacher.

    It's not 'out to', it's 'running out'...'to mine shafts'.

    Some of the roads go to where the mine shafts are. They go out to the mine shafts.

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    #5

    Re: out to mine shafts

    You can omit the "out" and the meaning is more or less the same.

    The roads run along the hill faces and to the mine shafts. The "out" tells you that there are likely spurs off of the main road that go to and from different mine shafts. The roads don't run along the mine shafts, or by the mine shafts. They don't go past the mine shafts. They run out to the mine shafts (and back).

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    Re: out to mine shafts

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You can omit the "out" and the meaning is more or less the same.

    The roads run along the hill faces and to the mine shafts. The "out" tells you that there are likely spurs off of the main road that go to and from different mine shafts. The roads don't run along the mine shafts, or by the mine shafts. They don't go past the mine shafts. They run out to the mine shafts (and back).
    Thanks.But it was so difficult for me to understand what did "run out of mine " mean?!
    I get really confused and your description is too difficult to understand . that doesn't make sense to me because I am intermediate in learning English.And that would be great if you describe it in a simple way.
    Thanks again.

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    #7

    Re: out to mine shafts

    Hello, nininaz.
    Could you tell us what the 'mine' means?

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    Re: out to mine shafts

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, nininaz.
    Could you tell us what the 'mine' means?
    Hello,
    I knew what it means.
    mine [countable]


    1 a deep hole or holes in the ground that people dig so that they can remove coal, gold, tin etc

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    #9

    Re: out to mine shafts

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Thanks.But it was so difficult for me to understand what did "run out of mine " mean?!
    I get really confused and your description is too difficult to understand . that doesn't make sense to me because I am intermediate in learning English.And that would be great if you describe it in a simple way.
    Thanks again.
    Omit the "out" completely. Does it make sense then?

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    #10

    Re: out to mine shafts

    Ninaz, you can't understand a sentence by looking at it piece by piece. That's like the blind men describing an elephant. Every one of them comes up with something different, and they do not collectively figure out what an elephant is. The problem is that you asked the wrong question. The phrase "out to mine" means nothing at all.

    Mines are dug so ore can be extracted. The cars (usually on rails) go to the mines. The ore is put in those cars. Then it is taken away to be processed. (That next step does, of course, depend on what kind of ore they are mining.) You have to understand the sentence as a whole. You can't take little pieces out of it and expect those pieces to make sense.


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