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    Post What does it exactly mean?

    Dear teachers,

    Here's a sentence from my textbook:
    "Pandas are too fat to be climbing trees."

    I can understand what "Pandas are too fat to climb trees" means, it means
    that they're too fat, so that they couldn't climb trees. (correct?)
    But what does it mean that they're too fat to BE CLIMBING trees?

    Can you help me, please?
    Thanks!
    Last edited by Heidi; 30-Apr-2009 at 05:02. Reason: wrong typing


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    Re: What does it exactly mean?

    "Pandas should not climb trees, because they are too fat."

    It just means that the Panda can have difficulty climbing because of its size.

    Hope that helps.
    Mike
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    Last edited by MikeSee; 30-Apr-2009 at 07:20. Reason: Did not mention I wasn't a teacher, sorry)

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    Re: What does it exactly mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by heidi View Post
    dear teachers,

    here's a sentence from my textbook:
    "pandas are too fat to be climbing trees."

    i can understand what "pandas are too fat to climb trees" means, it means
    that they're too fat, so that they couldn't climb trees. (correct?)
    yes, because they are that fat they can't climb trees.
    It's impossible for pandas to climb trees.

    but what does it mean that they're too fat to be climbing trees?
    this sentence means that pandas can and are climbing trees, but they should not be climbing trees. Climbing trees is inappropriate in some way; maybe it's too dangerous for them.

    if i say 'you are too poor to be buying clothes like that.',
    it means that you are buying them but you should not be buying them. There are better ways to spend the relatively little money you have.

    can you help me, please?
    Thanks!
    2006

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    Re: What does it exactly mean?

    Dear MikeSee,
    Your reply is helpful, thanks for your answer and your time.
    Thanks again!

    Heidi

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    Re: What does it exactly mean?

    Dear 2006,

    Thank you for your detailed answers!

    Let me take another example to see if I really understand what you mean:
    If I say to my friend, for example, 'It's too dangerous to be climbing a tree.', does it mean
    that my friend isclimbing a tree when I say these words to him? And 'he should not climb a tree' is my advice to him. If my friend isn't climbing a tree right now, then it's
    not appropriate to say 'It's too dangerous to be climbing a tree'.
    Is that right?

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    Re: What does it exactly mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear 2006,

    Thank you for your detailed answers!

    Let me take another example to see if I really understand what you mean:
    If I say to my friend, for example, 'It's too dangerous to be climbing a tree.', does it mean
    that my friend isclimbing a tree when I say these words to him? And 'he should not climb a tree' is my advice to him. If my friend isn't climbing a tree right now, then it's
    not appropriate to say 'It's too dangerous to be climbing a tree'.
    Is that right?
    Almost! It's inappropriate unless he's either doing it or in the habit of doing it. Someone might say to an elderly man 'You shouldn't be climbing trees at your age', when he's not actually up a tree at the time (maybe he's just come home with grass stains on his best trousers )

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    Re: What does it exactly mean?

    Dear BobK,

    I got it!
    Thank you so much for your answer and your time, thanks again!

    blessing!

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