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    tattered man

    Does it only mean that this man is wearing ragged clothes, or it may also refer to him being "innerly tattered" ?

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    #2

    Re: tattered man

    Clothes, not men, are commonly referred to as tattered. I might read "tattered man" to mean that he had generally suffered from setbacks in life. Without context, there's no way to know.
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    Re: tattered man

    C.E., you haven't answered the question yet. Where did you find the phrase "tattered man"?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: tattered man

    It could also refer to physical injuries or disabilities- it is a question of context.

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    #5

    Re: tattered man

    Chess, tell up more.

    Thanks!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: tattered man

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Chess, tell up more.

    Thanks!
    This BrE speaker has no idea what the words in red mean. Should "up" have been "us"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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