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    Not sure what this sentence means

    Hi all,

    Could you please tell me what this sentence means?

    "Family photos spanning five generations were stolen."

    This is one I came across when I was looking up the word "span" in Oxford dictionary on this website, it's the second example of the first definition (link below).

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...english/span_2

    Does it mean the family photos that had been in the house(or some place else) for five generations were stolen? If it's true, shouldn't the sentence begin with "the"?

    Could you also tell me if I ever say anything in a confusing way? like saying something that takes you effort to understand.

    Thank you all so much for answering this as well as my previous questions. : )

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    Re: Not sure what this sentence means

    I take 'family photos spanning five generations' to mean 'family photos in which there were members of five generations'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Not sure what this sentence means

    Five generations means: child, parent, grandparent, great grandparent, and great great grandparent.

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    Re: Not sure what this sentence means

    But not necessarily that all five generations were in the same picture! There could be pictures of my great-grandparents. Some of me and my grandparents. Some of my parents and my children. Maybe my great-grandparents with my grandmother as a baby. Etc.
    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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    Re: Not sure what this sentence means

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Mai View Post
    the family photos that had been in the house(or some place else) for five generations
    If it was the intended meaning, should it be 'the family photos existing for five generations'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Mai View Post
    Could you also tell me if I ever say anything in a confusing way? like saying something that takes you effort to understand.
    Is it described as 'It doesn't make sense' on this forum?

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