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    to test drill for gas

    Hello, what does "test drill" mean in the quoted sentence below:

    An application (by an oil and gas company) to test drill for gas in the Vale of Glamorgan will be discussed by the council's planning committee later.
    I've looked up "drill" on the Free Dictionary Online but none of the definitions seems to fit in the context. Does "drill" mean the act of drilling here?
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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Yes, drill means the act of drilling. And a test drill is made to determine if there's anything down there worth really drilling for.

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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Why not use the dictionary here on Wordreference? test
    9. (modifier) performed as a test: test drive, test flight
    and drill
    1. to pierce, bore, or cut (a hole) in (material) with or as if with a drill:to drill a hole, to drill metal

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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Thanks for confirming my guess, Copyright. : )

    @Andygc

    Thanks for letting me know there's such a great dictionary!

    Regarding "test", isn't it a verb here? I think it's a noun when it functions as as a modifier.
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    Re: to test drill for gas

    No, it's a noun acting as a modifier. I suppose it's an adverbial modifier here because it is modifying 'to drill'. If it was an application to undertake test drilling, then it would, I suppose, be an adjectival modifier.

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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Now I see. Thanks again, Andygc.
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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Yes, drill means the act of drilling. And a test drill is made to determine if there's anything down there worth really drilling for.
    I suppose it's an adverbial modifier here because it is modifying 'to drill'. If it was an application to undertake test drilling, then it would, I suppose, be an adjectival modifier.
    Wait, your comments seem to contradict each other. If drill is a noun here meaning the act of drilling, then test would be a verb, not a modifier.
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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Quote Originally Posted by marsbeing View Post
    Wait, your comments seem to contradict each other. If drill is a noun here meaning the act of drilling, then test would be a verb, not a modifier.
    A noun acting as a modifier, as in oil drilling, wood drilling, metal drilling, post drilling, pile drilling. It describes the type of drilling. How could it be a verb?

    PS I just realised the source of your confusion.
    An application to test drill - to drill - verb.
    An application for test drilling - drilling - gerund.

    To drill is not the act of drilling.
    Last edited by Andygc; 6th May 2014 at 3:00 PM.

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    Re: to test drill for gas

    An application to test drill - to drill - verb.
    And "test", as in the above quote, is an adverbial modifier?
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    Re: to test drill for gas

    I think it has to be seen as one. It's certainly modifying the verb. Just the same as 'he test drove the car' or 'he test flew the new aeroplane'.

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    Re: to test drill for gas

    Now I get it. Thanks for taking so much time to explain this to me, Andygc.

    I think it's time this usage went into all English dictionaries.
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