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    #1

    Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    "Valley served for awhile as the second Batman when Bruce Wayne's spine was crippled, although he would later be forced to relinquish the role."

    Would you please explain the part "Valley served for a while as the second Batman". What does it mean?

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    #2

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    Which part do you not understand?

    While Wayne was sick, Valley took on the job of being Batman.

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    #3

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Which part do you not understand?

    While Wayne was sick, Valley took on the job of being Batman.
    Now it is more clear. Here serve as somebody=take on the job of being somebody.

    Can we also say 1. Valley worked as Batman
    2. Valley acted as Batman
    3. Valley functioned as Batman
    retaning the meaning of original?


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    #4

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    None of your suggestions is as appropriate as 'served'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Apr-2017 at 22:43.

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    #5

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    You could say Valley acted as the second Batman. Here Valley "acts" in the capacity as a second Batman. "function" means a totally different thing.

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    #6

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Can we also say 1. Valley worked as Batman
    2. Valley acted as Batman
    3. Valley functioned as Batman
    retaning the meaning of original?
    Not really- he substituted for Batman while Bruce Wayne was injured.

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    #7

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not really- he substituted for Batman while Bruce Wayne was injured.
    "He substituted for Batman when/while Bruce Wayne was injured." is exactly correct but one of the hearts of the question is that cannot be this process called as "He acted as Batman"? Cannot "He acted as Batman" mean "He took his job and did what former one do", at least with enough context? For example :"Because Bruce Wayne was injured, he gave his mission to Jean Paul Valley and Jean Paul Valley acted/served as Batman"

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    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "He substituted for Batman when/while Bruce Wayne was injured." is exactly correct but one of the hearts of the question is that cannot be this process called as "He acted as Batman"? Cannot "He acted as Batman" mean "He took his job and did what former one do", at least with enough context? For example :"Because Bruce Wayne was injured, he gave his mission to Jean Paul Valley and Jean Paul Valley acted/served as Batman"
    There are many ways that one could say that Valley 'became' Batman while Bruce Wayne was unable to carry out his Batman role. The writer of your original sentence chose to us 'served as'.

    'Valley served as Batman' does not mean exactly the same as' Valley acted as Batman' or 'Valley took the job of Batman' or 'Valley played the part of Batmen', etc, and these alternatives do not mean exactly the same as each other. The words an individual chooses to say/write depend on the picture of the situaton they have in their mind. None of the sentences I have suggested is necessarily more or less appropriate that any of the others.

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    #9

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Which part do you not understand?

    While Wayne was sick, Valley took on the job of being Batman.
    Which one in the link fit for the sense in question?

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=serve

    Thank you.
    Last edited by hhtt21; 29-Apr-2017 at 14:14.

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    #10

    Re: Valley served for a while as the second Batman

    #1 and/or #2, I think.
    What do you think?

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