[Vocabulary] One meal in three was a loss

Status
Not open for further replies.

sherishine

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2010
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
Tonight dinner was being prepared by the sapper. Caravaggio was not looking forward to it. One meal in three was a loss as far as he was concerned. Kip found vegetables and presented them barely cooked, just briefly boiled into a soup. It was to be another purist meal, not what Caravaggio wshed for after a day such as this when he had been listening to the man upstairs. He opened the cupboard beneath the sink. There, wrapped in damp cloth, was some dried meat, which Caravaggio cut and put into his pocket.

--------------------------
The above is from the English patient.

Does the blue words mean that these meals were not delicious, and one in three was a total failure?
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Tonight dinner was being prepared by the sapper. Caravaggio was not looking forward to it. One meal in three was a loss as far as he was concerned. Kip found vegetables and presented them barely cooked, just briefly boiled into a soup. It was to be another purist meal, not what Caravaggio wshed for after a day such as this when he had been listening to the man upstairs. He opened the cupboard beneath the sink. There, wrapped in damp cloth, was some dried meat, which Caravaggio cut and put into his pocket.

--------------------------
The above is from the English patient.

Does the blue words mean that these meals were not delicious, and one in three was a total failure?

It doesn't necessarily mean that all the meals were not delicious, but you are certainly right that one in three was a total failure.

It sounds like the meals were all fairly basic and certainly not exciting, though it's possible to make delicious, basic food, so the other two meals may have been perfectly acceptable.
 

BobK

Harmless drudge
Staff member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
PS It's more common in current Br English to say that a total failure is 'a dead loss'.

b
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top