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    #1

    draw a gun

    The criminal drew a gun and pointed at me.

    Hi,
    Is this sentence correct, please?
    Thanks!


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    Re: draw a gun

    The criminal drew a gun and pointed it at me.

    Here, you may know he is a criminal, or an escaped convict, though one would tend to say :
    The robber drew a gun and pointed it at me.
    The hijacker drew a gun and...
    The mugger drew a gun and..
    ..that is, use the term appropriate to describe the person with the gun, with regard to the crime being perpetrated.

    perpetrate: carry out or commit (a harmful, illegal, or immoral action)
    Last edited by David L.; 13-Oct-2008 at 16:33.

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    Re: draw a gun

    Of course, having drawn a gun he might have just pointed at you (with the other hand)! But I'm sure David L. has guessed your meaning right.

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    Re: draw a gun

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Of course, having drawn a gun he might have just pointed at you (with the other hand)! But I'm sure David L. has guessed your meaning right.

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    Hi!
    I am not sure I understand what you mean, Bob. Do you think the sentence is redundant? Is it enough to say "The robber drew a gun." and it's implicit that he/she pointed it at me? Is "The robber drew a gun and pointed it at me." the kind of sentence a native speaker would never write/say?
    Thanks.

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    Re: draw a gun

    It's not redundant. He may have pulled out the gun, but kept it pointed at the floor, a saftey-conscious mugger. He may have pulled it out and pointed it at the ceiling, knowing if he fired once it would get a lot of attention but not hurt anyone (yet).

    (Though I kind of like the image of the person with his gun waving around in his right hand and his left index finger pointing directly at you.)

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    Re: draw a gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's not redundant. He may have pulled out the gun, but kept it pointed at the floor, a saftey-conscious mugger. He may have pulled it out and pointed it at the ceiling, knowing if he fired once it would get a lot of attention but not hurt anyone (yet).

    (Though I kind of like the image of the person with his gun waving around in his right hand and his left index finger pointing directly at you.)
    Hi,
    I think now I understand...
    If I say "... and pointed at me." I mean he pointed his finger at me. If I say "... and pointed it at me" I mean he pointed the gun at me. Is that right?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 13-Oct-2008 at 21:08.

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    Re: draw a gun

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    I think now I understand...
    If I say "... and pointed at me." I mean he pointed his finger at me. If I say "... and pointed it at me" I mean he pointed the gun at me. Is that right?
    Thanks.
    In that sentence, yes. If you just 'point', you usually do it with your finger.

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