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    goings on / running / rampant

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following excerpt from an English text?

    First of all, I believe I’m at least if not more of a compassionate human being than your average Joe. Bigotry, poverty, unkindness in all of it’s multitude of variations, these are some of the goings on in the world today that sicken me. So it’s cool with me to be involved with causes that seek to do battle with these plagues that are at present running rampant on our messed up planet Earth.

    goings on = indecencies

    running = ongoing over a period of time

    rampant = occurring without restraint and frequently, widely

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
    Last edited by vil; 16-Apr-2009 at 07:36.

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    Re: goings on / running / rampant

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following excerpt from an English text?

    First of all, I believe I’m at least as much as, if not more of a compassionate human being than your average Joe. Bigotry, poverty, unkindness in all of it’s (should be its)multitude of variations, these are some of the goings on in the world today that sicken me. So it’s cool with me to be involved with causes that seek to do battle with these plagues that are at present running rampant on our messed up planet Earth."

    goings on = indecencies

    running = ongoing over a period of time

    rampant = occurring without restraint and frequently, widely

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: goings on / running / rampant

    I appreciate that the text is a quote, and not of your own doing.

    goings on = indecencies
    That's a little too strong. 'goings-on' are events or behaviours that one regards as unusual, a bit shocking or suspect in nature.
    "There are some funny goings-on in that house, what with people coming and going all hours of the day and night. I wouldn't be surprised if the police raided the place for drugs."
    "I buy Hollywood Exposť every month to keep up with all the goings-on of the stars, and the outrageous things they get up to."

    Mysterious goings-on in Luton skies leave onlookers baffled
    By Dave Burke

    Mysterious goings-on in the skies above Luton and Houghton Regis have been baffling onlookers over the past week. Two seperate "UFO" sightings were reported last Wednesday, and witnesses are now desperately hoping someone can shed light on what they saw.

    running = ongoing over a period of time
    Note the clause: "...that are at present running rampant..."
    'are running' is the Present Continuous so indicates the action is in progress, and here 'running' has the meaning, the sense of, 'moving forcefully'

    rampant = occurring without restraint and frequently, widely
    Yes...and 'flourishing or spreading unchecked, especially something unwelcome or unpleasant'.
    Last edited by David L.; 16-Apr-2009 at 09:15.

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