pattern I admired

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pattern I admired

Post by gdwdwrkr » Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:56 pm

Of coarse you don't.
We do.

pattern I admired

Post by ColourSchemer » Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:02 am

After multiple readings, I believe I understand what misunderstanding you claim is possible in the sentence:
"Many years ago I showed a silverware pattern I admired to a friend"

'silverware pattern' is the phrase often used to describe a given collection of like-designed utensils.

The misunderstanding resides in the object of admiration. Is it the design of the object collection and the object collection.

A very narrow misunderstanding, and given the subject matter, likely only to be noticed by grammatically exacting silverware collectors. Most listeners/readers would not make the distinction between the design of the object collection and the object collection itself.

Indeed, I think even visually attuned people as myself would rarely distinguish between admiring a thing and admiring a thing's decoration. And if a distinction was required, more exacting language would be used.

For example, a gentleman wears a well-cut shirt of finest linen, upon which is printed a lurid green and pink floral print. As a stitcher, I appreciate the cut (sometimes known as a pattern) of the shirt, and the material. But I do not like the imprinted floral design. I would not be inprecise by saying "I do not like the pattern of his shirt" I would specifically comment on the floral design and the bright colors. Nor would I complement the cut of his shirt by saying "I love your shirt's pattern" Unless I know him to be a tailor, he will mistake my meaning. A more accurate statement would be: "That shirt fits you well" or "That is a well-crafted shirt".

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