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    Smile You shall not pass=?

    Angry residents annoyed at binmen who refused to pick up a backlog of rubbish left after strikes last month barricaded a refuse lorry and its crew in their street.

    Children and parents from the quiet cul-de-sec formed a human chain around the large truck to stop it driving away while another resident blocked the road with his car.

    The defiant families, angry after watching waste build up since the council strike on July 16 and 17, told the rubbish collectors: ‘You shall not pass.’
    Q1: You shall not pass=? Pass what?

    Q2: cul-de-sec = a name for a living community?

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    Re: You shall not pass=?

    Pass the human blockade. They were instructing the binmen that they would not leave until the garbage had been dealt with. ("You shall not pass!" is a now famous quote from the Lord of the Rings, said by the wizard Gandalf to an underground monster)

    Cul-de-Sac refers to a road in which you cannot exit via any other way than that which you came in. In other words, a dead end road.

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    jazbrat & Vil,

    Thank you for your guide. I past it.

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    #5

    Re: You shall not pass=?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    ...I past it.
    Small correction: I think you meant "passed" (which is pronounced the same as "past", and is the simple past of pass). But "I passed it" doesn't make much sense here. Maybe you meant "I passed my eye over it"?

    I know this was just a "throwaway line"... I hope you don't mind the correction.

    b

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    Hi BobK,

    Please don't stand ceremony with me. I do welcome such a correction very much. I had been misusing some English words/phrases unwittingly, eg. slang, refer to. As you pointed out previously, slang is an uncountable noun; but I had misused it for years until one day I happened to look up the dictionary and learned this.

    And Anglika, RonBee, Tedtmc, etc. often correct my words. I am really happy you guys do so that I can improving my English quicker. I come to the right forums.

    Well, come to the 'pass', I referred to I pass my questions --'cul-de-sac' and 'You shall not pass'. Does it make sense?

    Have a good one!




    Children and parents from the quiet cul-de-sec formed a human chain around the large truck to stop it driving away while another resident blocked the road with his car.

    The defiant families, angry after watching waste build up since the council strike on July 16 and 17, told the rubbish collectors: ‘You shall not pass.’

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
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    Well, come to the 'pass', I referred to I pass my questions --'cul-de-sac' and 'You shall not pass'. Does it make sense?

    Have a good one!
    I still don't follow what you mean by "pass a question". You can pass an exam but not a question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I still don't follow what you mean by "pass a question". You can pass an exam but not a question.

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    Hi BobK, thank you for your correction. I got it.

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