Usage of "Dwarfs"

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Usage of "Dwarfs"

Post by Bayonex » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:13 pm

So me and my friends were arguing over the sentence, which I will simplify as "Person 1 dwarfs person 2 in ability." I think that this means person 2's ability is insignificant in comparison to person 1. Person 2 dwarfs in comparison to person 1; therefore person 2 is dwarfed by person 1. Person 1 dwarfs person 2 in ability. Am I correct, or do I have this whole thing wrong? Will this be brought up for eternity because my friends are more petty than I am stubborn? Is that relevant? No? Okay, but which side is correct?

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Re: Usage of "Dwarfs"

Post by Joe » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:16 pm

Bayonex wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:13 pm
So me and my friends were arguing over the sentence, which I will simplify as "Person 1 dwarfs person 2 in ability." I think that this means person 2's ability is insignificant in comparison to person 1. Person 2 dwarfs in comparison to person 1; therefore person 2 is dwarfed by person 1. Person 1 dwarfs person 2 in ability. Am I correct, or do I have this whole thing wrong? Will this be brought up for eternity because my friends are more petty than I am stubborn? Is that relevant? No? Okay, but which side is correct?
1 has more ability than 2.
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Re: Usage of "Dwarfs"

Post by Bayonex » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:27 pm

Thank you for resolving our argument.

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Re: Usage of "Dwarfs"

Post by Safari » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:57 am

Bayonex wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:13 pm
So me and my friends were arguing over the sentence, which I will simplify as "Person 1 dwarfs person 2 in ability." I think that this means person 2's ability is insignificant in comparison to person 1. Person 2 dwarfs in comparison to person 1; therefore person 2 is dwarfed by person 1. Person 1 dwarfs person 2 in ability. Am I correct, or do I have this whole thing wrong? Will this be brought up for eternity because my friends are more petty than I am stubborn? Is that relevant? No? Okay, but which side is correct?
Yes. #1.

Dictionary definition of the verb dwarf is: cause to seem small or insignificant in comparison

So Person 1 makes Person 2 look insignificant in terms of ability.

Strictly, it's P1's ability that dwarfs P2's ability.

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