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He states that "the fabulae personae whom Beckett selects as representative of today's mankind can only be clochards,creatures excluded from the scheme of the world who have nothing to do any longer, because they do not have anything to do with it. Could ...
Anonymous Characters author chose can only be bandits(?) or freaks and do not belong in the world because they are irrelevant to the said world.
 
Anonymousbandits(?) or freaks
Not really. More like vagrants and beggars. Homeless people.
Anonymousdo not belong in the world
Not exactly. It says "excluded", so I'd say it's a little stronger than just not belonging. They are kept out or kept away from what is going on in the world.
CJ
 
Anonymous He states that "the fabulae personae...
Essentially, the meaning is this: he (whoever "he" is) says that those protagonists selected by Beckett to portray humanity today can only be the homeless - in other words, outcasts who have cut all ties with the world. ...
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Why does "throw by" have the similar meaning to "get rid of"? I found this sentence in the dictionary: "We have to throw by an old custom." Its Japanese translation is like this: "We have to get rid of an old custom." I can't figure out why "throw by" ...
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Could you help me understand this sentence? I found this sentence in the dictionary: "The cucumber grows on a climbing plant." It's Japanese literally translation says "a cucumber is a climbing plant." I can't take the meanings of "grows on" as "is". Is the ...
 
Takehisa Tanaka"The cucumber grows on a climbing...
I would say that the cucumber grows on a vine.
A vine is a climbing plant. It bears fruit. The fruit is called cucumber. ...
 Oh! I got the point.
"The fruit is called cucumber."
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Does the phrase " the ethnic groups in their traditional costumes" mean " the ethnic groups who dress in their traditional costumes"? Please explain it to me. Thanks in advance.
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the ethnic groups who are wearing their traditional costumes
Anonymous Thanks, Clive.
Can't I say the ethnic groups who wear or dress in their traditional costumes? I prefer 'dress in' to 'wear' because they wear traditional costumes on special occations.
 Both are fine, but with different meanings.
The ethnic groups who dress in ( or wear) their traditional costumes
It's their custom. They do it regularly, eg yesterday, today, tomorrow
The ethnic groups [ who are ] wearing their traditional costumes
They ...
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I've read a post on facebook which shows a seal popping out of a lake with the posting "Look who decided to pop up and say hello" Why is it Past simple? Could it be present perfect too since the decision was made in the past to pop up and then say ...
 
AnonymousWhy is it Past simple?
Author's choice.
AnonymousCould it be present perfect too
Yes.
Anonymoussince the decision was made in the...
No. Because it is a recent event.
AnonymousThe first sentence "I've read a post...
That would be better.
Anonymous The meaning would change to a...
I would hope that you were still concerned; otherwise, why should we advise you on it? ...
Anonymous ...And that is exactly the reason why I don't understand present perfect (or his derivates like present perfekt continuos).
How can I distinguish between "connection" to present/past or terminated action? You said that it is a thing of preferences ...
 
AnonymousHaving been asked after a vacation how it was
It was awesome. The vacation is finished. You describe this as "after" a vacation.
TIME ......................................... X (the present moment)
[ vacation ] ..... < time gap > ......X
[was awesome] ..........................X
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