Discussion in 'English Only' started by memorable, Feb 13, 2013.
What is the exact meaning of "The time spans ....."?
You need to supply some context -- at least the full sentence from which this is taken.
The full sentence is:
"The time spans very early term, early term and after 6 monthsi.e. late term are mentioned."
In that context, the meaning is the time periods indicated, apparently as related to the progression of a pregnancy.
I am not able to translate it into my language.
Can you give me another similar example?
"Spans" - extends across. The bridge spans the river.
"The time spans very early term, early term and after 6 monthsi.e. late term are mentioned." - The time extends from the beginning to the end of the periods mentioned.
In other words "spans" here is a verb?
I read it as the noun phrase "time spans" (periods of time); and there are three of them; and they are mentioned. You can sometimes see "time span" written as one word": "The feline gestation period falls within a timespan of 63-66 days."
Time spans, in your example, means time periods. Span is a noun as well as a verb and has several different meanings. In this case, the meaning is a span (i.e. period) of time.
Thanks for your concern guys. I think I got it.
Oops. You're right - I misread the sentence.
Separate names with a comma.