LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Autor:||Ricardo - EMB|
|Data:||31/MAI/2015 2:19 PM|
This is what we call lexical ambiguity. The same word takes different meanings.
The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary lists 13 meanings for the verb "to meet", including these:
1. To come together with, especially at a particular time or place.
Ex: I'll meet you at the station.
2. To become acquainted with.
Ex: Nice to meet you. / I met my wife in college.
3. To come together for a common purpose.
Ex: The board of directors will meet on Monday at 10 am.
4. To conform to.
Ex: The new concept meets all the requirements.
Keep in mind that languages are seldom logical. We must accept all irregularities, observe how natives speak, copy them, and learn how to express ourselves clearly and correctly. Correctly means in the usual way.
Ricardo - EMB
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