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On fire & on target

 
 
Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 07:37 am
If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) Kane and Eriksen were both on fire in the match against Juventus in Turin last Tuesday.

2) Kane and Eriksen were both on target in the match against Juventus in Turin last Tuesday.

Thank you.
 
camlok
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 12:29 pm
@paok1970,
Nope.

'on fire' means really doing something/playing exceptionally well, above, to way above the norm/the usual.

'on target' usually means on a path to achieve something, eg. He is on target to surpass the current record holder.

More context would make it easier to see the intended meaning.

izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 02:08 pm
@paok1970,
No, on fire means playing well, on target means hitting the mark with accuracy. A goalie for example is unlikely to be on target, but thy could be on fire. Similarly with a defender who defends well by dispossessing the opponents, he may not be on target either, but he's certainly on fire.

On target normally means hitting the goal, (not necessarily scoring,) less likely to be used for a really well placed cross.

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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 02:09 pm
Btw, come on Wigan! We don't want to meet City in the QFs.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 02:10 pm
@paok1970,
Neither Kane nor Erikson fared as well against Rochdale yesterday.
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paok1970
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 02:36 pm
@camlok,
camlok wrote:

'on fire' means really doing something/playing exceptionally well, above, to way above the norm/the usual.


I'm having problems understanding the above part of your answer. Literally, what does "to way above" mean? Would you please clarify?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 02:41 pm
@izzythepush,
reminds me of the 60s, when we used to get stoned and listen to the BBC on shortwave and try to figure out what sport it was they were talking about.
camlok
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 03:06 pm
@paok1970,
'on fire' means really doing something/playing exceptionally well, above, to way above the norm/the usual.


Quote:
I'm having problems understanding the above part of your answer. Literally, what does "to way above" mean? Would you please clarify?


Does the following scale help you?
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Way way way above normal

Way, way above normal

Way above normal

Above normal

Normal

Below normal

Way below normal

Way way below normal
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 03:33 pm
@camlok,
Ah, now you're really beginning to sound like the JTT we hVE SUSPECTED YOU OF BEING. hOW OFTEN IN EVERYDAY SPEECH DO WE REEALLY QUANTIFY SOMETHINH LIKE THAT
T T? goddamned capslock key. Clearly it means way way way way way way way way above normal. sheesh.
camlok
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 03:43 pm
@MontereyJack,
Quote:
hOW OFTEN IN EVERYDAY SPEECH DO WE REEALLY QUANTIFY SOMETHINH LIKE THAT


Are you trying to make some language point, MJ?
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 05:36 pm
@MontereyJack,
Wigan won. 1-0 real shocker. We'll be meeting them next.

It's the FA Cup, think Superbowl but nothing like it, just the same feeling but more fish and chips than hot dogs.

Having said that all I know about the Superbowl is that it's like the FA Cup.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 19 Feb, 2018 05:39 pm
@MontereyJack,
Just in case you listen in on a cricket match.

http://www.lymingtoncc.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/cricket-tea-towel.jpg
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