assume the identity of an environment

Lamb67

Senior Member
China/Mandarin
I openly admit that it’s in areas like these that I escape from everything, ultimately reaching a point where I flee even from myself in order
to witness the city in full transformation and to assume the identity of an environment that is basically fragile.


It's normal to say assume the identity a person, but is it also normal to say as above ?

Thanks.
 
  • lgs

    Senior Member
    American English
    It's not common to say, "assume the identity of an environment." I think the author was trying to be somewhat poetic.

    (It would be interesting to know how he did it!:))
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Hello, Lamb. I agree with Parla and LGS that this phrase isn't something that people normally say.

    Here's your question: It's normal to say assume the identity a person, but is it also normal to say as above ? The ordinary way to say this would probably be "to identify with the environment". That would mean that the writer is trying to identify with the environment as he or she would with a person.
     
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