Date: Sat, 28.07.12 22:23
smelled like horse
From: "alexander koryagin"
Hi, mark lewis! How are you?
on Saturday, 28 of July, I read your message to alexander koryagin
about "smelled like horse"
ak>> In Golden's "Arthas: Rise of the Lich King" I read:
ak>> [Arthas was indeed sweaty and knew he smelled like horse.]
ak>> Why on earth it is not "smelled like a horse"? ;-)
ml> substitution comes in again...
ml> which of the following is (more) correct?
ml> Arthas was indeed sweaty and knew he smelled like fecal material.
ml> Arthas was indeed sweaty and knew he smelled like a fecal material.
IMHO, there are no articles before substances, unless you use "a piece of...."
ml> but, to be honest, i think it is more "poetic license"... perhaps the
ml> author is trying to show that the smell of one horse doesn't cover
ml> it... a crowd of smelly horses smells like... well... horse ;)
Well... In short, a grammatically correct phrase would have been too awkward in
this situation. ;)
[...A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience]
Alexander (yAlexKoyandex.ru) + 2:5020/2140.91
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