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    father-or-two

    "The London-born father-or-two said..."
    Does it mean he has two children or something else? Thank you for help.

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    #2

    Question Re: father-or-two

    hey, where did you read that sentence???????

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    Re: father-or-two

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    "The London-born father-or-two said..."
    Does it mean he has two children or something else? Thank you for help.
    This is a newspaper misprint meliss.
    It should read: The London-born father-of-two ..... meaning the man was born in London and has two children.

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    Re: father-or-two

    Actually, it's a quote from the D. Randall's "The Universal Journalist", I've just changed the place. Originally it was:
    "... this example, from Kingsley Amis of what is called in the US, the 'gorged snake' construction:
    Briton Chris Mankiewitz, 26, has been named to lead England' soccer squad against Ruritania next month.
    The Warsaw-born father-or-two said..."

    Do you still think it's a misprint?

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    Re: father-or-two

    Yes

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    Re: father-or-two

    OK, thank you very much, I rely on you.

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    #7

    Re: father-or-two

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    OK, thank you very much, I rely on you.
    And I'll take the other shoulder, meliss. It's a misprint (or possibly a typo introduced by scanning software) - either way, it's -of-

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    #8

    Re: father-or-two

    And please, help me further with this "gorged snake" construction, I am really confused:

    "Success has come just in time for the whiskered former schoolboy hurdler champion star of Clapton Occident's injury-stricken midfielders."

    I understand tha this is deliberately exaggerated, but I should translate it! Was he a hurdler champion star? But a "miedfielder" - it's from soccer, isn't it? And is he an disabled (injury-stricken)? Please, help!

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    Re: father-or-two

    Meliss, just to explain:
    A person can't be two fathers.
    The phrase is to explain how many children he has 'fathered'.
    For example: Queen Elizabeth is a mother-of-two, meaning two children (Charles and Anne).
    My neighbour had 13 children to 4 different women, he was a father-of-thirteen.

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    #10

    Re: father-or-two

    Meliss, I must go out now, but I will look in later, and if you ´still need help then I'll help you.

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