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    transport (memories)

    Hi

    If you're listening to a music which you first heard in a particular time, say a long time ago, can we say that it transports you to those times?

    Examples:
    1. Listening to Bruce Springsteen always transports me (back) to the 80s.

    2. That film transports Susie and Jim to the day when they first met (they saw that film the day when he asked her out).

    3. Pete replaying Boston win in the final, transports him to the glory days or Anytime Pete is replaying Boston win in the final, it transports him to the glory days.

    Does "transport" fix the context?
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    Re: transport (memories)

    [But music isn't countable in that context - 'listening to a piece of music'.]

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    PS You could also use 'take ...back': It takes me back to my childhood.
    Last edited by BobK; 31-Mar-2007 at 12:13. Reason: PS Added

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    Re: transport (memories)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    [But music isn't countable in that context - 'listening to a piece of music'.]

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    PS You could also use 'take ...back': It takes me back to my childhood.
    Thanks Bob...and how about the other 2 examples, are they also OK?
    Yeah, 'take...back' sounds more natural to me. Transport is a little bit pretentious, isn't it?
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    Re: transport (memories)

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Thanks Bob...and how about the other 2 examples, are they also OK?
    Yeah, 'take...back' sounds more natural to me. Transport is a little bit pretentious, isn't it?
    The other two are OK too, but you're right that 'transports' is a bit pretentious in those contexts - partly because it suggests a more real and physical experience than 'takes back'.

    Seeing the picture took him back to his childhood just means he was reminded of his childhood by the picture. He saw the picture, and was immediately transported to his childhood means that for a time he was lost in thought. 'Transport' says more than 'take back', so it can sound pretentious.

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    Re: transport (memories)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    He saw the picture, and was immediately transported to his childhood means that for a time he was lost in thought. 'Transport' says more than 'take back', so it can sound pretentious.
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    Doy you mean by he was lost in thought that he was concentrating so much on his childhood that he wasn't aware of the surroundings; he had partially become a child again?

    Can 'transport' be replaced in all the examples by 'take back'
    1. Listening to Bruce Springsteen always takes me back to the 80s.

    2. That film takes Susie and Jim back to the day when they first met (they saw that film the day when he asked her out).

    3. Pete replaying Boston win in the final, takes him back to the glory days or Anytime Pete is replaying Boston win in the final, it takes him back to the glory days.

    If we use 'transport' in eg. #3, would it suggest that Pete who is retired, has become a player again and is feeling as if he's on the court playing in the final and celebrating the win?
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    Re: transport (memories)

    I think there's something wrong with 3 ("Boston's win"? Or maybe "[the video] Boston Win in the Finals...), but you've got the right idea.

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    Re: transport (memories)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I think there's something wrong with 3 ("Boston's win"? Or maybe "[the video] Boston Win in the Finals...), but you've got the right idea.

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    Thanks for your help

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