[Ads-l] to metal detect

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 18 09:50:33 EST 2017


Undoubtedly. But in this instance it seemed clear that the speaker meant
that metal (perhaps the Ark of the Covenant or one of those things) had
actually been detected.

If so, his usage would fall somewhere between lexicon and syntax.

JL

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:44 AM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> In contrast to some of these phrases, note that "metal detected" is not
> synonymous with "detected metal," since "metal detected" does not require
> that any metal was in fact detected.
>
>
> John Baker
>
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>  2017 _Curse of Oak Island_ (History Channel TV) (Jan. 17):
> "They went down there, they metal detected, they tried to repeat the metal
> detection."
>
> 'To detect metal successfully through use of a metal detector.'
>
> JL
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