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    Amid

    I have a question about a possible error in some dictionary entry for the preposition "amid":


    while noisy, busy, or confused events are happening - used in writing or news reports

    So, "amid" should be followed by some "event". Yet the sample usage in the same dictionary entry reads:

    The dollar has fallen in value amid rumors of weakness in the US economy.

    A "rumor" is not an event. So, is "amid rumors of ..." wrong? Would this rewrite:

    The dollar has fallen in value amid the spreading of rumors of weakness in the US economy.
    ,be better?

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    Re: Amid

    No. It's overly wordy.

    '...amid rumors' is just fine.

    "You need to understand that dictionary examples are just representative, not all-inclusive or exclusive. You have to realize (if you're not purposely trolling), that dictionaries require you to extend their examples beyond just the single example given."
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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Jul-2015 at 08:14.

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    Re: Amid

    @Rover_KE

    So, a "rumor" is some sort of "event"?

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    Re: Amid

    Have you read definition#2 in your quoted dictionary?
    '2 literary among or surrounded by things'.

    I think rumors count as things, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Amid

    It seems like you're constantly looking for mistakes in dictionaries.

    The best advice I can give is to use reliable sources such as onelook.com.

    Not a teacher.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Amid

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It seems like you're constantly looking for mistakes in dictionaries.

    The best advice I can give is to use reliable sources such as onelook.com.

    Not a teacher.
    learningspirit is a time-wasting troll, Boris.

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    Re: Amid

    learningspirit, I think your questions are similar to “挑字眼儿” in your Chinese culture, which might be misconstrued as making trouble, but I am not a teacher.

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