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Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 28 Sep 2020, 21:32
by Dreamweaver
Lots of fun rearranging adjectives in a sentence. :lol:
You might for instance see a great big brown bear, but not likely to see a brown big great bear!
Try a few of these (or similar) and post any that tickle your fancy.
https://www.liveworksheets.com/workshee ... _gl35298ct

Re: Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 28 Sep 2020, 22:17
by Dreamweaver
Could you guess that a floor Dutch woollen blue round old big lovely mat
is actually a lovely big old round blue woollen Dutch floor mat?
:lol:

Re: Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 10:57
by Perrorist
Imagine being a non-English speaker learning English.

Re: Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 15:30
by lynny
The arrangement of words in a sentence and the spelling of so many words that sound the same and are spelled differently makes the English language a tricky thing even for English speakers a lot of the time. :lol:
Hilarious!

And is it spelled or spelt? :hitting_wall

Re: Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 29 Sep 2020, 18:34
by Perrorist
Spelled or spelt? Both. Same with leaned and leant, learned and learnt, earned and earnt. The modern spelling is -ed, but I often found myself using the older spelling.

Re: Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 02 Mar 2021, 16:08
by Dreamweaver
Just read of a Turkish boy who sent his girlfriend a text, "Come to me without you boring life."
All the right words, but arranged in Turkish order, not English.
Should have been “Come to me, life is boring without you."
:roflmao:

Re: Misplaced adjectives

Posted: 02 Mar 2021, 16:18
by Perrorist
A famous mistranslation that I remember making headlines:

"Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev gave a rousing speech in 1956 about the merits of communism that unintentionally turned the temperature on the Cold War frigid. One of the phrases he used, a Russian idiom My vas pokhoronim, was translated to mean “we will bury you” and certainly sounded like a threat to the United States. It’s a common Russian saying and refers to the idea that something will endure or that you will survive to see the funeral. Delivered in Khrushchev’s blustering style, it went down in history as a misunderstanding that escalated the Cold War."