presents a dish of mutton with the sheep's head to the guest

cmkitty

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chinese
Hi, " the host presents a dish of mutton with the sheep's head to the guest." what does "to"mean in this sentence? Should it be"... the sheep's head facing the guest"? Thanks a lot!
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I would imagine the dish is placed before or in front of the guest. They are not personally introduced, so we don't know which direction the sheep is looking.

    We use "to" in this case,' just as we give a gift to someone, or introduce Bob to Shirley, etc.
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    Cmkitty, you might be thinking that the logical structure here is "with the sheep's head to the guest." It's actually "presents a dish ... to the guest."
     
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