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Boy meets girl.

Why not "Boys meet girls. or "A boy meets a girl."???

It sounds strange, but I've seen many of them.
 

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Idiomatic, like 'long time no see'. A description of the classic confrontation. . . or enamoration: Boy meets girl.
 

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An idiom :shock: Really?

I didn't know that...
 

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The statement should be problematic since it is grammatically wrong.

But it can still be seen in several occasions:
- the heading in a newspaper (reason: to save space)
- in a song (reason: rhyme, musical, pleasant to eye etc.)
- conversation (reason: people are lazy :) )

I think the person who said it was an idiom use this word loosely. They might wish to say it is just a casual statement like "long time no see". Grammatically incoorect for sure. Still acceptable in some sitautions.
 

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Idioms often cheat on grammar.;-)
 
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Taka said:
Boy meets girl.

Why not "Boys meet girls. or "A boy meets a girl."???

It sounds strange, but I've seen many of them.

To me it sounds more like a cliche. "Boy meets girl" should translate into "well, you know, it's one of those stories/situation/plots / fairy tales/ whatever/ where a boy meets a girl. We can usually expect a typical outcome of "boy meets girl". You have seen one of those stories - you've pretty well seen them all. :lol: :lol:
 

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Taka said:
Boy meets girl.

Why not "Boys meet girls. or "A boy meets a girl."???

It sounds strange, but I've seen many of them.

boy and girl are used as terms, not as nouns with actual referents (i.e., Mark, a boy, and Mary, a girl), per se:

Boy (i.e., a term used to refer to young males) meets girl (i.e., a term used to refer to young females). Similarly, Man (humankind)meets world; Boykind meets girlkind.

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Man bites dog.;-)
 

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tdol said:
Man bites dog.;-)

Saw it on the evening news already. :shock: They said the dog would be OK and that no charges would filed as long as Bush gives the squeaky-toy back. :wink:
 
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