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    below zero

    Hi

    He had never been in water that wasn't below zero.

    --- Does it mean that he always used to go to water when it was below zero or above zero? I got confused?

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    #2

    Re: below zero

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    He had never been in water that wasn't below zero.

    --- Does it mean that he always used to go to water when it was below zero or above zero? I got confused?

    Thanks
    It means he had always swum in water below zero.


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    #3

    Re: below zero

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    He had never been in water that wasn't below zero.

    --- Does it mean that he always used to go to water when it was below zero or above zero? I got confused?

    Thanks
    This sentence is a bit convoluted owing to the double negation.
    How about this:
    HE had only been in water of subzero temperature.

    The question rightfully arises: What was the air-pressure there (freezing point varies according to pressure exerted on a liquid).


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    Re: below zero

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    This sentence is a bit convoluted owing to the double negation.
    How about this:
    HE had only been in water of subzero temperature.

    The question rightfully arises: What was the air-pressure there (freezing point varies according to pressure exerted on a liquid).
    No, I think in your interpretation the sentence sounds different. It gives the impression that the poor guy didn't have a chance to try warmer water, while the original sentence somehow suggests that it was his decision not to swim in warm water.

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