all-the-bits-tipped-on-the-carpet-at-once [hyphenated phrase]

polybolos

Senior Member
Japanese
Hi, everyone.

I have a question concerning the sentence below, please help :

I scooped up a couple of handfuls ( of building blocks) to hear that sweet clattery all-the-bits-tipped-on-the-carpet-at-once sound one more time.
--quoted from Ann Fine, The Gnomecoming Party, Very Different, page 2.

Question :

It's hard for me to understand the sentence (especially red-coulored phrase) , the boy scooped up some building blocks and next, what was done by the boy.
 
  • Bildsturmer

    Member
    English - American; Yiddish - Litvish
    The boy picked up the blocks and dropped them on the carpet in order to hear the sound that is made when the blocks land on the carpet.
     

    polybolos

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Thank you for responding.
    Let me ask one thing, why the author hyphenated the phrase ; "all the bits tipped on the carpet at once" ?
     

    Bildsturmer

    Member
    English - American; Yiddish - Litvish
    Thank you for responding.
    Let me ask one thing, why the author hyphenated the phrase ; "all the bits tipped on the carpet at once" ?
    It is written that way in order to show the reader how the author would be saying those words if they were spoken aloud. When you string a line of words together with hyphens like that it means the speaker is saying each word in rapid succession.

    Also what GreenWhiteBlue posted.
     
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