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    riddle 3

    11. Which country is useful to turn a lock?
    12. What goes up but never comes down?
    13. What does the sentence(his race is nearly run)mean?
    14. Where's (the john)?
    15. Jim doesn't go to play with us. Because some of us (don't give him the time of the day).

    Can you solve the riddles? Please explain.

    11. Turkey?
    12. Age?

    Thanks

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    Re: riddle 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    11. Which country is useful to turn a lock?
    12. What goes up but never comes down?
    13. What does the sentence(his race is nearly run)mean?
    14. Where's (the john)?
    15. Jim doesn't go to play with us. Because some of us (don't give him the time of the day).

    Can you solve the riddles? Please explain.

    11. Turkey?
    12. Age?

    Thanks
    Nefertiti,

    Try the following URL Translated version of http://www.enfang.com/english/2007-01/7233.htm

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: riddle 3

    11. How does Tur of Turkey fit into the riddle, is it short for 'turn'?

    12. Sounds good.

    13. His life is nearly over.

    14. Where's the toilet?

    15. Idiom: not give someone the time of day
    (informal) to refuse to speak to someone because you do not like them or because you think you are better than them. He's so arrogant, he won't even give you the time of day.

    give the time of day - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: riddle 3

    Hi soup.

    11. How does Tur of Turkey fit into the riddle, is it short for 'turn'?

    I guess so.

    13. His life is nearly over.

    Is 'his race is nearly run' an idiom meaning 'his life is nearly over = he's dying'?
    Can you explain why it has such a meaning?

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    Re: riddle 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post

    Is 'his race is nearly run' an idiom meaning 'his life is nearly over = he's dying'?
    Can you explain why it has such a meaning?

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    Yes, Nefertiti! It is an idiom for the approaching death.

    See the following for an example of 'his race is nearly run'.

    Folk & Traditional Song Lyrics - The Song of the Whale

    Cheers,
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    Re: riddle 3

    Hi amigo,

    His race is nearly run
    And that soon with all of his kind he'll fall
    Before the whaler's gun.So, you think this idiom is originated from the song?

    One question about the lyrics: why not 'his race nearly runs'? Do you say 'to be run' often? Usually you say, 'to run' , don't you?

    For instance, I run fast vs. I'm run fast.
    I run a store vs. I'm run a store...etc.


    Thanks for the reply.

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    Re: riddle 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi amigo,

    His race is nearly run
    And that soon with all of his kind he'll fall
    Before the whaler's gun.So, you think this idiom is originated from the song? Definitely not, Nefertiti! This particular idiom has been around for a very long time! Long before the song was written.

    One question about the lyrics: why not 'his race nearly runs'? Do you say 'to be run' often? Usually you say, 'to run' , don't you? It is common usage to say 'to run'. "He is going to run in the race on Sunday."

    For instance, I run fast vs. I'm running fast.
    I run a store vs. I'm running a store...etc.


    Thanks for the reply.
    Q. One question about the lyrics: why not 'his race nearly runs'?

    Nefertiti, 'His race is nearly run' means the race is almost completed. 'His race is nearly completed.' In the idiom, it is being said that the man's life is nearly completed. He is approaching the ultimate finish line (death).

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: riddle 3

    "11. Which country is useful to turn a lock? " - Are you sure they didn't mean 'Which state...?' If so, the answer's 'Nebraska', according to rather laboured punning lyrics of What Did Delaware, Boys? .

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    Re: riddle 3

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    "11. Which country is useful to turn a lock? " - Are you sure they didn't mean 'Which state...?' If so, the answer's 'Nebraska', according to rather laboured punning lyrics of What Did Delaware, Boys? .

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    Yes, indeed, we Americans are a 'punny' people, aren't we?????

    Cheers,
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