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Rowan (ナナカマド)'s fruit is red now. It's getting cold here, and some neighbors have started using heaters.

My son always watches American TV drama, iCarly. Of course, he watches it in Japanese. I was surprised to see today that Michelle Obama appeared and even danced on the drama. She was much taller than other girls in the drama. She is 180cm tall. I think she is attractive and talented. It is unusual for First Lady to appear on TV drama in Japan. Michelle Obama seems to join many activities and consequently, she helps her husband boost his popularity.

By the way, the bike stolen was recovered. Two police men brought it to my house. They assumed that the thief had carried my bike on foot and it had been difficult for him or her to unlock my bike. It had been thrown away along the river nearby. I was glad to see it again, which was not broken.








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Original Article:

Rowan (ナナカマド)'s fruit is red now. It's getting cold here, and some neighbors have started using heaters.

My son always watches American TV drama, iCarly. Of course, he watches it in Japanese. I was surprised to see today that Michelle Obama appeared and even danced on the drama. She was much taller than other girls in the drama. She is 180cm tall. I think she is attractive and talented. It is unusual for First Lady to appear on TV drama in Japan. Michelle Obama seems to join many activities and consequently, she helps her husband boost his popularity.

By the way, the bike stolen was recovered. Two police men brought it to my house. They assumed that the thief had carried my bike on foot and it had been difficult for him or her to unlock my bike. It had been thrown away along the river nearby. I was glad to see it again, which was not broken.

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Rowan (ナナカマド)'s fruit is red now. It's getting cold here, and some neighbors have started using heaters.

My son always watches the American TV drama, iCarly. Of course, he watches it in Japanese. I was surprised to see today that Michelle Obama appeared, and even danced, on the drama. She was much taller than the other girls in the drama. She is 180cm tall. I think she is attractive and talented. It is unusual for a First Lady to appear on a TV drama in Japan. Michelle Obama seems to engage in many activities and consequently, she helps her husband boost his popularity.

By the way, my stolen bike was recovered. Two police men brought it to my house. They assumed that the thief had carried my bike on foot and it had been difficult for him or her to unlock my bike. It had been discarded along the nearby river. I was glad to see it again, and even gladder that it was undamaged.

Re: English Corrections

Hello, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for the corrections.
You corrected 'throw away' into 'discard'. Why? What's the difference between them?

Answer to Sakae's question

Sakae's Question:

You corrected 'throw away' into 'discard'. Why? What's the difference between them?


My Reply:

Actually, I thought you might ask me this. The words are perfectly good to use in most instances. They are commonly used words by most people...however, the commonly used intent behind the use of such words indicates an inherent worthlessness in the objects...such as in throwing away garbage.

The strict meaning behind the word discard comes from long ago and it literally meant dis - carding...or to throw down a less desirable card for that particular hand in hopes of getting one which would strengthen the person's card hand. It does not necessarily mean the particular card was an inherently lesser or weaker card. So, it means more the action of removal of an object from the control or possession of the said person, for whatever reason. It implies nothing other than it was of no use to the person at that time...not that it has no inherent value.

Example: In a card game, James discarded a 3 of diamonds. Another player picked up the 3 of diamonds, which had then given him a winning hand. James then got upset and accidentally spilled coffee over all of the cards, rendering them forever unusable. James then threw away the ruined cards. The other player who had won had thought that James had thrown away the cards out of anger towards him, and so, had decided to discard his friendship with James, and so, left without another word.

The primary reason the thief discarded the bike was because he had sought an easy time with the lock so he could then ride it away. When he had realized that it would take him too long to open the lock, and so, would greatly increase his chances of getting caught, he had discarded the bike. It still had great worth, but it was proving to be more of a liability.

Most native speakers would not agree with me on this point. They are listed as synonyms in many dictionaries. However, where intent or precision plays a large part of an argument or proposition...words matter.

This is my reasoning:

To throw away something is most commonly practiced in the kitchen, actually throwing away garbage or trash...things thought of as having no inherent value anymore to anyone. They are things which are destined to be burned or buried. However, you would discard recyclables because they have a use for others. You would discard older furniture on the curb so others may pick it up and use them...or you would donate them to an organization which then refurnishes and sells them.
You would, however, throw away unusably broken furniture.

Now, to go further into the state of mind of the criminal, had the police found the bike some distance away from the path with no broken weeds indicating he had simply rolled it a distance, and with possibly some scratches on one of the sides and torn up dirt near it...it would indicate that he had actually thrown it. As stealth is necessary for a thief to be successful, and throwing a bike goes counter to this... this would indicate frustration at his situation. It would also point to a male having stolen it, as a male, in general, has more strength, and generally reacts to frustration through physical action.

I hope I have explained this point sufficiently. I have had many a discussion with other native speakers on this point. Most have disagreed with my position. They think I was simply being pedantic.

No...words convey meaning. Choosing the more precise and correct words gives a more accurate meaning.

Re: Answer to Sakae's question

Hello, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for the explanation in detail.
I understand them well. I was glad to know their original meanings.

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Michelle Obama is a delight. I love everything about that woman, she is the person I want to be when I grow up!

Glad you got the bike back. I haven't gotten to that entry yet, apparently.

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Hello, Always visiting.

Thank you for your comment.
Me, too. I wish I were like her.
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I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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