a couple of acres across town

VicNicSor

Senior Member
Russian
— A couple of months ago, an agent claiming to be from the department of agriculture sets up base on a couple of acres across town. Nobody knows exactly what's going on out there. It's top secret, very hush-hush.
The X-Files, episode War of the Coprophages

Could you explain to me the meaning of "across town" here?
Thank you.
 
  • VicNicSor

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Logically, yes. But, taken literally, it could grammatically also mean that the area of the town is "a couple of acres", and the base covers all of it. Right?
     

    Chasint

    Senior Member
    English - England
    the department of agriculture sets up base on a couple of acres across town.

    The department sets up a base.
    The base is on a 2-acre plot. (approximately)
    The plot is situated on the other side of town.

    the department of agriculture sets up base on a 2-acre plot across town.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    sets up base on a couple of acres across town.
    The sentence says they are setting up base on a couple acres.

    The sentence does not say "the town is a couple acres across". That does not make sense in English. You would use a distance with "across": "the town is only a quarter mile across". But "acre" is an area, not a distance.
     
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