Results 1 to 4 of 4

    • Join Date: Aug 2005
    • Posts: 92
    #1

    different word order and different meaning?

    hey,
    is this senntence o.k.?:
    "..the former's fear and the latter's joy are of the same origin."
    1) is the phrase 'of the same origin' correct and logical, would a native speaker say like this?
    2) is 'former's/latter's fear' correct or should I say 'fear of the former/latter/?
    but if the second version is correct how should I interpret it? If 'fear of the dark' means that someone is afraid of darkness so I should understand that 'fear of the former/latter' means that someone is afraid of the former/latter (what/whoever it is)

    how about 'rumours of you/your rumours' and 'picture of you/your picture'?

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

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,864
    #2

    Re: different word order and different meaning?

    1 It's OK, but you could say other things like 'share the same source'
    2 It's OK, but the second version is visually more appealing


    • Join Date: Aug 2005
    • Posts: 92
    #3

    Re: different word order and different meaning?

    thank you very much

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

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,864
    #4

    Re: different word order and different meaning?

    You're welcome.

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
  •