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    What does "sober" mean in the sentence below. Please advise.

    "I suppose you can't binge drink any more because lots of people have said you can't do it. I don't know who bloody made that up; it's nonsense . . . Doing things sober is no way to get things done," she told her audience.(Source from BBC New)
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    Re: Sober

    Have you tried a dictionary? The word 'sober' in your example carries no special meaning different from any dictionary definition.

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    Re: Sober

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrusevilming View Post
    What does "sober" mean in the sentence below. Please advise.

    "I suppose you can't binge drink any more because lots of people have said you can't do it. I don't know who bloody made that up; it's nonsense . . . Doing things sober is no way to get things done," she told her audience.(Source from BBC New)
    Perhaps you are puzzled by "doing things sober". It means "doing things when you are sober".

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    Re: Sober

    Strictly speaking, it should be "doing things soberly" because "sober" is an adjective, not an adverb.
    Edit: cross-posted with Piscean.

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    Re: Sober

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Strictly speaking, it should be "doing things soberly" because "sober" is an adjective, not an adverb.
    Edit: cross-posted with Piscean.
    I don't agree. I think 'sober' is an adjective modifying the implied subject. Doing things when you are sober is not necessarily the same as doing things soberly.

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    Re: Sober

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't agree. I think 'sober' is an adjective modifying the implied subject. Doing things when you are sober is not necessarily the same as doing things soberly.
    I agree. If I do something soberly, I do it in a serious fashion. If I do something while sober, then I just haven't drunk any booze!

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    Re: Sober

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Perhaps you are puzzled by "doing things sober". It means "doing things when you are sober".
    Yes, I am puzzled by the meaning of adjective that sober is referring to not drunk or affected by alcohol and not sure it right or not to modify the noun "Doing things" in this case.

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    The full quote is given in the article in this link.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...-drinking.html

    As the former British Home Office advisor mentions Ministers doing better if they turned up to work drunk, she uses a British slang word starting with P, then sober refers to not drunk.

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