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    Question The room was cold.

    I have two questions concerning the above sentence:

    1) How would you understand the sentence: The room was cold.
    In what context can you use this sentence if any?

    2) Can this sentence be used in the meaning that it is cold in the room or the air is cold in the room?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: The room was cold.

    1) You can use it if the temperature in the room was low.
    2) If the air in a room is cold, the room will feel cold.
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    Question Re: The room was cold.

    Thank you. So as far as I understand the meaning is about the same but slightly different.
    Can I use this sentence (The room was cold) in the following context:
    They open the door in the room and felt that it was cold there. The room was cold.
    Actuarly a murder had been commited in this room many years ago. That's why the atmosphere was strange and the air felt cold.
    Can we say 'The room was cold' in the above context?

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    Re: The room was cold.

    You could say that the room felt cold.
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    Re: The room was cold.

    I see. Thank you so much.

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    Re: The room was cold.

    They open the door in the room and felt that it was cold there.
    It should be opened. I would say something like:

    They opened the door to the room, which felt cold to them.

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    Re: The room was cold.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It should be opened. I would say something like:

    They opened the door to the room, which felt cold to them.

    Thank you.

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    Re: The room was cold.

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    Re: The room was cold.

    A simple sentence can have many implications, especially with a concept as subjective as 'cold'. There's a big difference between "The room was cold" and 'The room felt cold'.

    Many things can make a room cold:

    -An older person may feel cold, while younger people feel just fine.
    -A person from a colder climate will prefer a lower room temperature.
    -Maybe the room had poor quality windows, so there was a draft. Certain parts of the room would be cold while other parts would be just fine.
    -If the floor is cold, you will feel cold even if the air is warm.
    -If the air is excessively dry, it will feel cold even at what should be a comfortable temperature.
    -Maybe it is a storage room, which is supposed to be cold to prevent spoilage to the contents.
    -We also sometimes use the word 'cold' to mean unfriendly. Giving someone 'the cold shoulder' is an idiom. Perhaps the people in the room were not very kind, so a stranger entering would not feel welcome. The atmosphere in the room was a 'cold' one.

    I'm a little troubled by what Tdol said: "They opened the door to the room, which felt cold to them." It sounds as if they somehow decided that the room was cold before they opened the door and went in.

    1. Was the room cold, or was the door cold?
    2. Were they already in the room (that's how they knew it was cold) and opened the door to some warmer place to let warm air in?
    3. Were they outside the room, and went in, and then they were cold?

    The idea that the room felt cold because a murder had been committed there would require some additional context. That room would have to be colder than others in the house for there to be significance to saying "The room was cold".
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 07-Dec-2015 at 01:22.

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    Re: The room was cold.

    That's a lot for a simple four-word sentence.

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