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    broad: adj or p.p

    Note that the vertical shaded area between the child and the adult is purposely broad to account for varying definitions of adulthood.

    This is taken from my textbook. I get the feeling that the word 'broad' is not broad as in something is broad in width, but a past participle of some verb I don't know the meaning of.

    What do you think?


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    Re: broad: adj or p.p

    It looks more as though your source sentence is the caption to an illustration/chart. "Broad" seems to mean exactly that - broad as in wide.

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    Re: broad: adj or p.p

    What makes you think so?Broad is figurative but still works as an adjective . perhaps "to account for" has misled you. The area is broad on purpose so as to take into account the varying........


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    Re: broad: adj or p.p

    More context is required - the source is given as a textbook. But is this a sentence in the text - or a caption? It makes a difference.

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    Re: broad: adj or p.p

    lt smells like psychology or sociology a treatise?

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    Re: broad: adj or p.p

    Yes it is a caption for a simple chart, and looking at it again I've just realized I missed something the first time I looked at it.

    The chart basically looks like this: a rectangle with a horizontal and a vertical line dividing it into four squares. There are 'Child' and 'Adult' for entries (I don't think this is the right word) above, and 'L1' and 'L2' for entries on the side.


    Child-------------- Adult
    ---------------------------------
    L1 ------------------------------
    ---------------------------------
    ---------------------------------
    L2 ------------------------------
    ---------------------------------
    ---------------------------------

    The vertical line (or vertical shaded area, as it is shaded in the actual chart) that the caption describes as 'broad' is actually quite narrow in relation to the whole rectangular area of the chart. That's why I thought the word 'broad' may have meant something else. However when I just tried explaining the chart here in this forum I've realized it is in fact 'broader' than the horizontal line.

    However, if the word 'broad', in fact, could mean something else, please let me know.

    Oh, and CHOMAT, the book's about second language teaching, if you care to know.

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    Re: broad: adj or p.p

    I do! and since it is about language, broad can be used to describe an accent a broad accent, nothing to do with the notion of width at first sight nor to do with your topic.

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