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Park behind a car  
« on: Sep 13th, 2014, 11:57am »
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So the other day I was driving a black car in the picture and my friend told me to PARK BEHIND THE WHITE CAR in the picture, and guess what, he meant the other spot that I parked in.
 

 
WHERE WOULD YOU PARK?
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Re: Park behind a car  
« Reply #1 on: Sep 13th, 2014, 1:53pm »
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My first instinct would be A, but I don't have a drivers license, so I wouldn't have this dilemma.
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Re: Park behind a car  
« Reply #2 on: Sep 14th, 2014, 7:53am »
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I'd be too distracted by the fact I'm on the wrong side of the road to do anything coherent like distinguish between the various possible interpretations of "behind"...
 
With time to reflect and observe the parked car, I'd probably settle on A, but B would be perfectly valid.
 
Behind can mean:
 - beyond, as in "I couldn't see the TV remote because it was hidden behind Fred" who happened to be facing off to one side
 - upstream from, as in "I was behind Emma in the queue" even when Emma spent the whole time facing the back of the queue and chatting to John, who was next after her.
 - a direction determined by the reference object's orientation, as in "he's behind you!" at pantomimes
 
If the white car were facing the other way, it would still be valid to park in either spot and still be following your friend's direction.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 17th, 2014, 8:02am »
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I would park at A because it is easier.  And I am the driver, I decide.  Anyway, it cannot make much difference whether I park at A or B.
 
But "behind the car" rather suggests behind, like in "I am behind a large truck and I can't overtake".
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Re: Park behind a car  
« Reply #4 on: Sep 17th, 2014, 9:03am »
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on Sep 17th, 2014, 8:02am, Grimbal wrote:
Anyway, it cannot make much difference whether I park at A or B.
It seems a bit safer to me to park at B, because the closest stream of traffic comes from the direction A->B, so most traffic that might carelessly plow into your car would have to go through the other car first if you're at B.
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 25th, 2014, 12:39pm »
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Park is an action verb, so that would mean driving to the back of the white car.
 
Spot A.
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 1st, 2014, 5:54am »
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Definately spot A, parking in shot B would be parking infront of the car  Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 20th, 2015, 4:58pm »
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Given my position relative to the depiction, clearly I would park in spot C, underneath the white car.
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Re: Park behind a car  
« Reply #8 on: Aug 15th, 2015, 12:13am »
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I would like to park a car at Spot A. Because it's easy for me. By the way i am not driver. I will call to my driver and order him.
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