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As we might care for style, we might care for our American English not to go against word sense.
Inside a safe room of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Ambassador Chris Stevens took cover with two other foreign service officers, says the CNN report on the US embassy assault.
For Smith, the rescue came too late. He had already succumbed to smoke inhalation by the time they arrived, the report continues.
We can expect the dramatic narrative, also with news reports. In simplest of words, the dramatic narrative is in the "nodal Present time". Matters get told as if witnessed, and the grammatical Past, if used, is only to reflect on some time having passed.
This mode to tell things does not waive language semantics. A tree might succumb to drought, a dam could yield to water. However, trees or dams are not animate. We humans do not focus on individual will in hunted animals, either.
The bull succumbed in 40 yards and yielded to the 400 grain Woodleigh bullet ... (Patience, endurance, and plain hard work, by PH Jofie Lamprecht).
A succumbing bull might kneel. A succumbing wild cat could lie down. A human being, succumbing to temptation, might have the guilty pleasure of one hot chocolate extra in the afternoon. With regard to humans, who are animate as well as cognitive, the verb "to succumb" implies volitional surrender.
Most had never heard the name Al Qaeda. And yet, it’s because of their sacrifice that we’ve come together and dealt a crippling blow to the organization that brought evil to our shores, said Barack Obama during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, 2012.
They will endure in the hearts of our nation, because through their sacrifice, they helped us make the America we are today — an America that has emerged even stronger, he continued.
If we look up "sacrifice" with the Heritage Dictionary, we get An offering for the sake of something else, forfeiture, something sold at a financial loss — nothing we might suppose to have taken place on the part of 9/11 victims, and the baseball reference would not ring funny.
We're looking for human remains, clothing or other personal effects of Etan Patz, said New York police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne in April 2012. The boy disappeared in 1979. He is not expected to be found alive.
The word “effect” remains very close with “effectiveness”. Searching for tracks or traces, we probably really think about biological traces; we people usually make those, dead or alive.
In American English or another language, people like to be effective. Already kids learn skills to be effective. Traces after a person considered dead cannot stand for such effectiveness.
There would be only some "effectness" remaining...
"Body of the public"?
Obviously, it is not only American English one may misconstrue and dictionaries, written by people, may have slogans sneaking within, as the Collins to have set down a "member of the public" was "a member of the general population".
There are believably "bodies politic" and "executive organs". However, the nation, the people, as well as the public ― are not organizations, bodies, or boards. More, the slogan "member of the public" is most often used about people who happen to pass by, also if completely coincidentally.
Here, a member of the public saved Chris the sheep
The Ottawa Sun reported Chris's rescuer as an Australian, champion shearer Ian Elkins.
Alas, Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, said about the sheep: "He's looking really good, he looks like a new man,"...