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"At least I was born, rather than hatched, reptile."

 
 
Reply Mon 16 Jul, 2018 03:40 am
The grammatical structure "At least I was born, rather than hatched, reptile," if written in full form, would be "At least I was born reptile, rather than hatched reptile."

But it is apparent that what the speaker wanted to express is "At least I was born human, rather than hatched reptile."

Unless the speaker's logic is so peculiar as to be proud of being born reptile. Why is being"born reptile" better than being "hatched reptile", can you figure it out? (My simple guess is that on the evolutionary tree, being born is more advanced than being hatched. Just a guess)

Thanks in anticipation.

Context:

Setanta wrote:

At least I was born, rather than hatched, reptile.


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layman
 
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Reply Mon 16 Jul, 2018 03:52 am
@oristarA,
Quote:
At least I was born, rather than hatched, reptile.


See that comma right before the last word?

He's trying call the other guy a reptile.
oralloy
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Reply Mon 16 Jul, 2018 05:55 pm
@layman,
I concur with Layman. He is calling the other guy a reptile.

How about:
"At least I was born human, rather than hatched like you were, reptile."
oristarA
 
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Reply Mon 16 Jul, 2018 10:55 pm
@oralloy,
oralloy wrote:

How about:
"At least I was born human, rather than hatched like you were, reptile."


Both your version and mine ("At least I was born human, rather than hatched reptile." ) are unambiguous while Setanta's sentence is misleading.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jul, 2018 06:08 am
@oristarA,


Quote:
.... a dangling particple
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jul, 2018 06:43 pm
@oristarA,
Setanta’s version is absolutely clear to a native English speaker, I think. Unless they are poor readers.

Your version was clear but totally wrong.

Though why being a mammal rather than a reptile is a thing to be proud of when viewed rationally.....


Some sharks give birth to developed young by the way. Albeit minus the advantage of a placenta.
oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jul, 2018 07:21 pm
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
Though why being a mammal rather than a reptile is a thing to be proud of when viewed rationally.....
I've been known to express pride in my synapsid linage.

The claim that synapsids took over from diapsids is misleading. We owned the planet first. They usurped us before we usurped them.
layman
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jul, 2018 07:25 pm
@oralloy,
Q.; What is "wrong" with calling other human beings "animals?"

A.: Aint nuthin wrong with that, it's just a stone-cold fact, Jack.
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