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TimWalden
855698.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:37 am Reply with quote

What is the word for many people [more than one person] being in the same room [or place]?

If there is only one person in a room [or place], they are alone. In solitude.

If there are only two people in a room [or place], are they alone? Are they in solitude?

 
PDR
855709.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:57 pm Reply with quote

No, but they *are* cohabitting, and it could affect their benefits...

PDR

 
TimWalden
855710.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:58 pm Reply with quote

What I mean is: is the word "alone" and "solitude" used only when one person is refered to?

 
mckeonj
855711.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:58 pm Reply with quote

How many people can get into an empty room measuring 10mX15m?

 
Spud McLaren
855712.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:04 pm Reply with quote

If one person is in solitude, is a group in multitude?

 
plach
855713.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:06 pm Reply with quote

It could be argued that if solitude means 'a state of being alone' or 'detaching, withdrawing from others'---why would the number of people in the room matter?

You can feel detached, you can withdraw from other people, you can feel alone in a room full of people.

However I think that generally when people read the word 'solitude' they think 'a person in a solitary state' which is defined as alone and isolated.

 
soup
855715.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:09 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
How many people can get into an empty room measuring 10mX15m?


1 'cos after that the room isn't empty

</ hateful little smartarse>

 
TimWalden
855718.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:11 pm Reply with quote

soup wrote:
mckeonj wrote:
How many people can get into an empty room measuring 10mX15m?


1 'cos after that the room isn't empty

</ hateful little smartarse>


<hateful little smartarse>

1,024

</ hateful little smartarse>

 
TimWalden
855722.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:16 pm Reply with quote

plach wrote:
It could be argued that if solitude means 'a state of being alone' or 'detaching, withdrawing from others'---why would the number of people in the room matter?

You can feel detached, you can withdraw from other people, you can feel alone in a room full of people.

However I think that generally when people read the word 'solitude' they think 'a person in a solitary state' which is defined as alone and isolated.


I just had a thought that technically you could say "I am or You are or He is alone", but not "We are or They are alone"

 
Spud McLaren
855726.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:30 pm Reply with quote

TimWalden wrote:
I just had a thought that technically you could say "I am or You are or He is alone", but not "We are or They are alone"
Maybe not, but you can sing it.

 
soup
855728.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:37 pm Reply with quote

TimWalden wrote:

I just had a thought that technically you could say "I am or You are or He is alone", but not "We are or They are alone"


Yes you can . Talking about an (imaginary) strange sect where they all live at least 100 miles from anyone else, in a little stone hut, then you could say "they(the members of the sect) are alone".

 
PDR
855775.  Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:34 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
How many people can get into an empty room measuring 10mX15m?


The entire human population, for two reasons:

1. The room has no specied height, so you could stack them, or;

2. You didn't specify that they had to be in there at the same time...

PDR

 

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