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    She listens to opera on the tube.

    She listens to opera on the tube. ​(from exercises)

    I've found the meaning "television" for the word "tube". Does "tube" mean only TV? When I stumbled upon it, I thought, at first, that it was "youtube".
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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    I thought of the London underground. What's the source?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube

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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    Last edited by GeneD; 24-Oct-2017 at 12:28. Reason: error
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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    No, by 'source', I meant "Where does the sentence come from?" If it's from the same place as the 'pub' question, then it could be British. Is there anything in the surrounding context of the question that might give a clue about the intended meaning of "tube".

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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If it's from the same place as the 'pub' question, then it could be British.
    Yes, it's from there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Is there anything in the surrounding context of the question that might give a clue about the intended meaning of "tube".
    Unfortunately, only this single sentence.
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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    Do you think that it's about the Underground?
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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    I have no idea. But the British call television the 'tube'. Also, the underground is the 'Tube' with a capital. So, I'd guess TV. (But I'm not a Brit).

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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    I haven't heard anybody at all call TV 'the tube' for at least 50 years.

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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    Many Brits wouldn't bother capitalising "Tube" when talking about London Underground.

    I go to work by tube.

    I'm fairly certain that the exercise means that she listens to opera (hopefully through earphones!) while travelling on London Underground.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She listens to opera on the tube.

    A further clue is the choice of listen as the verb. Some Americans used to say they listened to something on TV but it's very old fashioned today. I don't know whether that usage is or was common in British English.
    I am not a teacher.

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