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    riding out/warming light

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    “On my first trip to Italy, I found myself in Rome in heavy traffic, riding out to the highway that leads to Florence. We were driving during the rush hour in winter, and so the sun was setting, and the unique pastel colors of the eternal city made the old buildings come alive in the warming light

    From "The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life" by Thomas Moore

    I have difficulties understanding the part in bold.

    What does the writer ride out of? Does “ride out” simply mean drive out?
    Why does the writer use “warming light” instead of “warm light”? Does “warming light” mean heart-warming light?
    Last edited by luxury20041985; 24-Jun-2019 at 10:24.
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    Hello:

    “On my first trip to Italy, I found myself in Rome in heavy traffic, riding out to the high way that leads to Florence. We were driving during the rush hour in winter, and so the sun was setting, and the unique pastel colors of the eternal city made the old buildings come alive in the warming light

    From "The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life" by Thomas Moore

    I have difficulties understanding the part in bold.

    What does the writer ride out of? Does “ride out” simply mean drive out? Yes.
    Why does the writer use “warming light” instead of “warm light”? Does “warming light” mean heart-warming light? In that context, yes, and more of a personal effect than "warm".
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Does 'riding out" imply that the writer is not driving it himself? Maybe his family is driving it.
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    Does 'riding out" imply that the writer is not driving it himself? Maybe his family is driving it.
    I think the writer was not specific when he said "we were driving" other than saying that he had a part in the driving.
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    What do you mean by "driving it"? Driving the car?
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    riding out to the high way that leads to Florence.
    Highway is written as one word.
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    What do you mean by "driving it"? Driving the car?
    Yes. A person is either driving a car or riding in a car.

    “On my first trip to Italy, I found myself in Rome in heavy traffic, riding out to the high way that leads to Florence. ”

    Does this sentence imply that the writer himself was not driving the car? Because the following sentence tells us that they were driving during the rush hour, I guess the writer’s family was driving the car.
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Two things. One, a highway is not generally considered a destination. Thus you drive down a highway, not to a highway. Two, it's during rush hour (no the).

    (I'm going to pretend he said driving down the highway.)
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Two things. One, a highway is not generally considered a destination. Thus you drive down a highway, not to a highway. Two, it's during rush hour (no the).

    (I'm going to pretend he said driving down the highway.)
    Unlike the United States, European countries generally didn't demolish large chunks of their cities and replace them with highways. Thus, if you want to get from central Rome to the highway that leads to Florence, you have to drive out to it. I drove into Rome from that highway once.
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    Re: riding out/warming light

    For info, the Italian "autovia" translates to "motorway" in BrE. To reach the motorway that goes from Rome to Florence, you have to drive out of central Rome. I would expect "ride" to be used with a motorbike.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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