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    #1

    could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    The sources was from "Dead Wake" by erik larson.

    "With a bow edged like a carving knife, a fast-moving destroyer could slice a U-boat in half"

    What do the both sentences mean in red?

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    Re: could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    Do you know what the "bow" is on a boat?

    Do you know what a "U-boat" is?

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    #3

    Re: could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    The parts in red are phrases, not sentences. The entire quote would be a sentence if you put a period at the end. It needs one. Always punctuate the ends of sentences.

    A dictionary is all you need to understand the quote. "Edged" is used in the sense of "with an edge" - "A bow with an edge...."

    Does that help?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Do you know what the "bow" is on a boat?

    Do you know what a "U-boat" is?
    The "bow" meaning is as follow,
    The front section of a ship or boat.

    The "edged" meaning is as follow,
    A thin, sharpened side, as of the blade of a cutting instrument.

    The "U-boat" meaning is also as follow,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U-boat

    In sum of, the boat likes a knife that it could slice the U-boat into two parts.

    Is it correct?

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    Re: could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The parts in red are phrases, not sentences. The entire quote would be a sentence if you put a period at the end. It needs one. Always punctuate the ends of sentences.

    A dictionary is all you need to understand the quote. "Edged" is used in the sense of "with an edge" - "A bow with an edge...."

    Does that help?
    I appreciate your response to my question, it's helpful that you tell me to check out the dictionary.

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    Re: could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    Yes. The bow is edged like a carving knife. That is, it has an edge like a very sharp knife. So it can cut right through a U-boat.

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    Re: could slice a U-boat in half = ? a bow edged = ?

    Not A Teacher

    You might be interested in this image taken from the collection of the Imperial War Museum in London, of HMS Heperus that was one of two destroyers that rammed a U-boat and did sink it.
    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205147227

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