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Friday, November 6, 2009

Game - What is the difference?

A little challenge for the weekend, would you be able to say the difference between the following two expressions:

Eats shoots and leaves.
Eats, shoots and leaves.


Continue reading to see the answer, but try it first without looking! :)

The first sentence informs us that a creature (like a panda, for example) eats newly emerging vegetative manner (shoots) as well as eating leaves.

The second one says that somebody eats something (say, in a restaurant), then they shoot a person/s with a gun and then they leave.

It is that single comma inserted after the first word in the second sentence (Eats,) that differentiates one meaning from the other and what a difference it makes.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the difference is of word stress & intonation

 

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