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    in terms of the word (absent)

    Although Irish literature continued to flourish after the sixteenth century, a comparable tradition is absent in the visual arts: we think about Irish culture in terms of the word, not in terms of pictorial images.

    What does in terms of the word (absent) mean?
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    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    In this context "absent" means "missing", or "not present".

    In the same sense as "absent without leave", often used as the acronym "AWOL", where someone is missing from duty, without permission.

    (Meaning no.1 http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...english/absent )


    The phrase "we think about Irish culture in terms of the word" means, that because Ireland has a strong written heritage, but a relatively weak one in visual arts, when we think about Irish culture we are reminded of their literary works rather than their contributions in the fields of painting and drawing.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 28-Aug-2015 at 20:50. Reason: Clarity.

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    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    In what context did you find this sentence, sitifan?

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    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    The sentence is an example sentence in a book titled New GRE Vocabulary, so there is no context. The book was written by a Chinese teacher of English named Yu Minhong.
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    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    The title and author of the book is the context.

    Please give this information in post #1 when you are quoting copyright material.

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    #6

    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In what context did you find this sentence, sitifan?
    Why do you use "in" for the beginning?
    Can I omit "in"?

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    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    No you can't. The "in" is essential. It could come at the end, however.

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    #8

    Re: in terms of the word (absent)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does in terms of the word (absent) mean?
    We normally use quotation marks or italics to indicate the word we are talking about, not brackets.

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