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    about "has"

    Could you teach me why "has" is used in this sentence?
    Is it a common usage?

    ex: " She has her back to the wall. "

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    Re: about "has"

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Could you teach me why "has" is used in this sentence? ex: " She has her back to the wall.
    If you take "has" away, the sentence has no verb.
    "having one's back to the wall" is an idiom meaning that one is in a difficult situation, and perhaps there is no way out of that bad situation.
    Is it a common usage? Yes.
    She has a lot on her mind.
    He has no idea what will happen next.

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    Re: about "has"

    Dear 2006,


    Thank you so much for answering my question with examples.

    Now I understand.


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    Please let me ask one more question about the usage of "has".

    ex: She has her back to the door.


    According to the textbook, it means

    "She is there with her back to the door."


    It's unfamiliar usage for me, is it also a kind of idiomatic usage?

    Could you tell me why "has" can be used in that sentence?

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    Re: about "has"

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please let me ask one more question about the usage of "has".

    ex: She has her back to the door.


    According to the textbook, it means

    "She is there with her back to the door." Yes, her back is facing the door. ("facing" means 'turned towards')


    It's unfamiliar usage for me, is it also a kind of idiomatic usage? No, it has a literal meaning. Could you tell me why "has" can be used in that sentence? In this kind of sentence, "has" describes a situation or condition.
    She has a cold.
    She has her hat on backwards. (the back of her hat is on her forehead)
    He has a bloody face. (= There is blood on his face.)
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    Last edited by 2006; 26-Jan-2008 at 23:20. Reason: spelling mistake


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    Re: about "has"

    Dear 2006


    I understand. Thank you very much for your answer.

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