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    This is driving me crazy, even though it probably shouldn't drive me crazy. Apologies if this doesn't belong here, but maybe someone here can put me out of my misery: is liquid an object!?? I think it is not, but the definition in a dictionary of mine is kind of weird.


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    Not quite sure by what you mean. Liquid is a substance - it can be felt. Is this what you are getting at?

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    Re: water

    What I am asking is, can I say that liquid is an object? That's all. Or an object should be something solid, unlike, say, gasoline..


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    Re: water

    Quote Originally Posted by Idiomaticus View Post
    What I am asking is, can I say that liquid is an object? That's all. Or an object should be something solid, unlike, say, gasoline..
    Yes, a mass of liquid is a physical object, but not a grammatical one.

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    Great.

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    Re: water

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Yes, a mass of liquid is a physical object, but not a grammatical one.
    Why not a grammatical one?

    'I drank the liquid.'

    I-subject
    drank-verb
    the liquid-object

    Am I right?

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    Re: water

    And also, according to the definiton of 'object'
    American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source obĚject (ŏb'jĭkt, -jěkt') Pronunciation Key
    n.
    Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action: an object of contempt.
    The purpose, aim, or goal of a specific action or effort: the object of the game.
    Grammar
    A noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that receives or is affected by the action of a verb within a sentence.
    A noun or substantive governed by a preposition.
    Philosophy Something intelligible or perceptible by the mind.
    Computer Science A discrete item that can be selected and maneuvered, such as an onscreen graphic. In object-oriented programming, objects include data and the procedures necessary to operate on that data.

    It's an object in all senses.

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