Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Junior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Dec 2013
    • Posts: 87
    #1

    The river was both at the heart of the city

    Dear All,

    What is the meaning of "both" in the following context. Thank you.

    "The city is there because of the Chicago River, which connects it to the vast grain fields of the prairies, the Great Lakes and the rest of the US. The river, Chicagoís dark artery, was by the end of the 19th century supporting the fastest-growing city the world had ever seen. It was extended, canalised and filled with the effluent of stockyards and slaughterhouses, and the toxic flow of industrial waste began to pollute the cityís greatest resource, Lake Michigan. To halt the contamination, its flow was reversed in 1900, creating Algrenís metaphor for everything that was dark and unexpected in Chicago.

    The river was both at the heart of the city, its downtown defined by the heavy engineering of the lifting bridges that extended its grid across the water, yet unreachable, its toxic waters exiled to subterranea. That historic fissure has now been modestly and meticulously repaired."

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,886
    #2

    Re: The river was both at the heart of the city

    It refers to the river's two positions:

    1 - at the heart of the city
    2 - unreachable
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,643
    #3

    Re: The river was both at the heart of the city

    The author uses an odd collocation, both X yet Y. I would change "yet" to "and".
    I am not a teacher.

  4. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,643
    #4

    Re: The river was both at the heart of the city

    It would have been more natural if the author had omitted "both" at the beginning. The sentence probably got mangled a bit during revision or editing.
    I am not a teacher.

  5. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 26,911
    #5

    Re: The river was both at the heart of the city

    svetlana, always tell us the source and author of quoted text, please.

Similar Threads

  1. I notice the rhythmic heart beating of my heart
    By Freeguy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-May-2014, 17:51
  2. the Acorn River was a nice, slow river
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Jun-2013, 07:48
  3. In the heart of the city
    By namloan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Jan-2011, 20:52
  4. [General] wash into the river/be washed into the river
    By jiamajia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30-Jul-2010, 14:34
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Dec-2009, 05:29

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •