ball is deep

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ridgemao, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Kuala Lumpur
    Chinese - Mandarin

    My daughter dropped a ball on the floor, the ball rolled and went under the sofa, she stretched her hand and tried to get the ball out, but she couldn't touch the ball. So she shouted: "Daddy, can you help me? The ball is deep. "

    Can I say "the ball is deep" here?

  2. WyomingSue

    WyomingSue Senior Member

    Cheyenne, WY
    I think "too far under the sofa" would be better.
  3. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    No, sorry. It's "too far under the sofa".

    Except for "deep space", I don't think I've ever heard "deep" used to talk about a direction that wasn't downward.

    Edit: One of those great-minds cross-posts.
  4. JustKate

    JustKate Moderate Mod

    "Deep" is used to refer to distance in some sports reporting, e.g., "deep in left field" (baseball) and "deep into the opponent's court (tennis). But I agree it sounds odd here.

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