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you wear an ankle bracelet that beeps to warn the kangaroos you are

 
 
Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2020 11:44 pm

I don't understand why "kangaroos" is used. Should it be "kangaroo"?

glitterbag wrote:

Good for you Builder, never let the truth get in the way of a juicy slanderous conspiracy theory. Is it true you wear an ankle bracelet that beeps to warn the kangaroos you are in the area????


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cherrie
 
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Reply Mon 30 Nov, 2020 11:50 pm
@oristarA,
It would be 'kangaroo' if there was only one. It's more likely there would be a number of them therefore 'kangaroos' is correct.
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 12:15 am
@cherrie,
If that were the case, shouldn't "you wear an ankle bracelet" be "you wear ankle bracelets"?
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 12:30 am
@oristarA,
One would be all that is needed.
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 01:01 am
@InfraBlue,
The grammar is not very clear to me. If "you" were a group of people (suppose it has 3 people: Mike, Billy and Beck), that Mike wears an ankle bracelet doesn't necessarily mean that Billy or Beck wears one as well (it could be neither of them wears one).
roger
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 01:29 am
@oristarA,
The 'you' used in your example was singular. It makes sense to me that the ankle bracelet would be singular. Yes, he could be wearing two of them but it is neither clear nor likely that he would.
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cherrie
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 01:58 am
@oristarA,
Glitterbag's comment was to Builder - one person, not a group of people. Therefore there would only be one ankle bracelet.
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 02:12 am
@cherrie,
Then we've come round again. Should "kangaroos" be "kangaroo" since Builder is simply one man?


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cherrie
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 02:30 am
@oristarA,
But Builder is not a kangaroo.

How many kangaroos there are has nothing to do with how many people there are.
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 04:16 am
@cherrie,
Now it is still not clear to me. What does the phrase "warn the kangaroos you are in the area" mean? Could you rewrite it in more detailed words?
cherrie
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 05:00 am
@oristarA,
Glitterbag was suggesting that Builder wears an ankle bracelet that emits a noise. This would alert the kangaroos to the fact that he is near them.
oristarA
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 06:58 am
@cherrie,
OK. I got it. What does this suggestion imply? To make Builder look pompous and preposterous?
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 07:25 am
@oristarA,

no, it's that builder is (jokingly) a danger to the kangaroo population at large...
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Borat Sister
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 04:31 pm
@oristarA,
No. The fantasy bracelet is imagined to warn any and all kangaroos in the area that the wearer is near them. In the fantasy the wearer is a danger to kangaroos.

It’s a fantasy insult.
knaivete
 
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Reply Tue 1 Dec, 2020 07:26 pm
If the mob of kangaroos is loose in the top paddock will they hear the bangle's blatant bleep?

Borat Sister
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2020 01:49 am
@knaivete,
Nah
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oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2020 02:23 am
@Borat Sister,
Borat Sister wrote:

No. The fantasy bracelet is imagined to warn any and all kangaroos in the area that the wearer is near them. In the fantasy the wearer is a danger to kangaroos.

It’s a fantasy insult.


A key question left is:
To whom do "kangaroos" imply?
knaivete
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2020 05:45 am
@oristarA,
Quote:
A key question left is:
To whom do "kangaroos" imply?


They imply to the sandwich short of a picnic.

Now we're a sanga short and a snag as well.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2020 03:50 pm
@oristarA,
"Kangaroos" refers to any and all kangaroos in the area that the wearer is near.

Would the sentence be clearer if it was written,

"Is it true you wear an ankle bracelet that beeps to warn the kangaroos that you are in the area????"?
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Borat Sister
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2020 08:40 pm
@oristarA,
This is getting surreal.

Kangaroos refers to kangaroos

I cannot understand what your problem is?

 

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