Soalan Pelajar

After reading

Dia berbasikal ke sekolah in a TB, (p. 62) 

a student asked if we can say

Dia berbasikal to mean ownership instead of usage.


Dia berbasikal as in S/he owns a bicycle rather than S/he is riding a bicycle.

Why not? 

Dia berkereta mahal means ownership

hence Dia berbasikal murah may read the same way.

The problem is that we tend to hold an idea constant for ease of understanding and deny other possibilities.

We may then conclude that the context and phrasal information determines the meaning of berbasikal

 Dia berbasikal ke sekolah vs. Dia sudah berbasikal dan tidak mahu basikal lagi.




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