put something on your back = shoulder? hump?

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Chigch

Senior Member
Mongolian
Hello,

What is the best word for the underlined part of the following sentence? How about "shoulder" and "hump"?

"I can't put the sofa on my back to go out of the room".

(I am describing a picture where a man is walking, someone else on his back.)

Thanks.
 
  • Chigch

    Senior Member
    Mongolian
    Sorry for the confusing expressions.

    I thought what one carries on his back would not matter for the word.
    I mean I thought whether you carry on your back a man or a sofa or something else does not require different words to describe the action.
    So I chose the word 'sofa' arbitrarily in the example sentence.

    Let me give an image.
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    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    The man is carrying the girl piggyback.

    But "piggyback" only describes carrying people (or monkeys or dogs and the like) and only in the position you see in the photo. No sofas and no girls slung over the shoulder.
     

    Chigch

    Senior Member
    Mongolian
    Thanks.

    Is there any single word that can be paraphrased with the phrasal verb "carry ... on one's back" ?

    I found that many languages each has a single word to express the relevant action and am wondering whether there exists a word in place of "carry ...on one's back" in English.
     

    Kwistax

    Senior Member
    français - Belgique
    I'm afraid such a word doesn't exist in French either. In French like in English you can just describe the action: "a man is carrying something on his back, on his shoulders..."
     
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