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    a tiny shrew that is so tame

    "Let’s start in the bedroom. Imagine waking up with the powerful urge to go to the theater to see a Shakespeare play. You jump out of bed in a rush to get ready, but your path is blocked by a tiny shrew that is so tame it is jumping through hoops! This is, of course, The Taming of the Shrew."

    What is the meaning of "tame" here? Does it mean "not afraid of people"?
    BTW, do you think that we need the conjunction "and" as below?
    ...but your path is blocked by a tiny shrew that is so tame and it is jumping through hoops!

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    Re: a tiny shrew that is so tame

    No, "and" is not necessary. Where did you find that text?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: a tiny shrew that is so tame

    The word potentially missing between "tame" and "it" is "that". It is optional. "And" does not work there.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a tiny shrew that is so tame

    Thanks. I read it in a book summary.
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    Re: a tiny shrew that is so tame

    "Tame" is the opposite of "wild," here.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tame

    reduced from a state of native wildness especially so as to be tractable and useful to humans

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    Re: a tiny shrew that is so tame

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thanks. I read it in a book summary.
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    In future posts, anhnha, please give the source of quotations in post #1.

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