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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  27/OUT/2008 11:32 PM
Assunto:  Above our head or heads?
 
Mensagem:  As CR points out, this is an interesting grammatical difference.  In English we are talking about the heads of the group and not of the individual.  The group has more than one head, so....

Over our head = There are more than one of us, but there is only one head for the entire group!

If you know the answer, raise your hand. (Talking to one student.)
If you know the answer, raise your hands. (Talking to more than one student.)

(Yeah, Marcio will say that the teacher wants the student to raise both hands.  Don't listen to him!)




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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Above our head or heads?  –  Márcio Farias  27/OUT/2008, 10:43 AM
Above our head or heads?  –  Johannes  27/OUT/2008, 3:47 PM
Above our head or heads?  –  Márcio Farias  27/OUT/2008, 7:53 PM
Above our head or heads?  –  CR  27/OUT/2008, 8:48 PM
 Above our head or heads?  –  Dale/CR  27/OUT/2008, 11:32 PM
Heads for the two- or many-headed  –  Márcio Farias  28/OUT/2008, 1:48 PM
Heads for the two- or many-headed  –  Maria Valeska  29/OUT/2008, 11:28 AM
Heads for the two- or many-headed  –  Márcio Farias  29/OUT/2008, 11:58 AM
Colegio Julio de Castilhos  –  Nelson  08/FEV/2009, 11:39 PM

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