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    #1

    we're all over the place

    Quote from CNN news:
    "When it comes to the death penalty, we're all over the place. As a very general proposition, capital crimes are usually reserved for murder, and not just murder, but murder plus some additional facts that make it particularly egregious."

    what does "we're all over the place" mean here

    Thanks.

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    #3

    Re: we're all over the place

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    capital crimes are usually reserved for murder
    I am not a teacher.

    This is nonsense.

    '…capital punishment is usually reserved for murder…'

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    #4

    Re: we're all over the place

    So it means we are confused here ?
    Last edited by masterding; 19-Mar-2015 at 12:51.

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    Re: we're all over the place

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    This is nonsense.

    '…capital punishment is usually reserved for murder…'
    What makes it nonsense? What crime in your opinion should capital punishment be reserved for ?
    Last edited by masterding; 19-Mar-2015 at 12:08.

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    Re: we're all over the place

    I think Roman55 means 'capital crimes' is nonsense in your sentence and should be replaced with 'capital punishment'.

    Not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: we're all over the place

    "All over the place" means there is a wide range of differing opinions.

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    Re: we're all over the place

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think Roman55 means 'capital crimes' is nonsense in your sentence and should be replaced with 'capital punishment'.

    Not a teacher.
    In my opinion , both 'capital crimes' and 'capital punishment' are OK, but maybe with slightly different meanings. In the sentence ,they wanted to emphasize that as a general proposition 'capital crimes' refer to murder.

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    Re: we're all over the place

    If so, I think it should be 'the term "capital crime" is usually reserved for murder'.

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    Re: we're all over the place

    Not A Teacher

    A capital crime is the act committed for which a punishment is imposed.
    Capital punishment is the punishment given out for that crime.

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