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    senetence pairs

    what does it mean by these two sentence.
    They tore down the street.
    They tore down the building.

    thanks


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    Re: senetence pairs

    'tore down the building' is using the very verb in its usual sense, of pulling or ripping (something) apart or to pieces with force.

    Colloquially, 'tore' has the meaning 'to move very quickly, typically in a reckless or excited manner" e.g. "He heard his friend beep the car horn impatiently, and tore out of the house to meet him."
    and as in your sentence:
    "They tore down the street."

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    Re: senetence pairs

    Quote Originally Posted by zendegiji View Post
    What do these two sentences mean?
    They tore down the street. They raced down the street.
    They tore down the building. They demolished the building.

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    You're welcome!

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