Originally Posted by sailingfool
You should recognize when you have an empty hand and let something go. But you just cant do that, can you?
FWIW, not much given how trivial it is, you are using the word as a noun, and as a noun it has only one definition, and that is not the meaning you so tiresomely defend. As an adverb or adjective, maybe but not at all in the context that you use the word.
Sailing fool, you are the one with the empty hand using it wrong so no i cant. Give it up.
In the phrase..... I am going topside. What does that mean? If we use term topside there, then we go to the hull above the waterline right? Explain that phrase to me or us. Or are we all using that phrase wrong,
I am going to the part of the hull between the waterline and the deck? Nope that word
and the dictionary. ( Webster or nautical) is topsides with an s.....a noun.
However I used the word TOPSIDE...no s on purpose.
Is the word topside in that sentence an adverb or adjective? Yes
A direct object as the direct object of the phrase is deck ( implied)..as I am going to the topside deck. We are going to the topside (deck) maybe implied as it was in my original statement where I mentioned our C&C was totally cored topside. Topside in that case is an adjective modifying a direct object. Used appropriately.
It would be incorrect to say I was going topsides as we all know that means the part between the waterline and deck.
This is a prime example while people trying to learn English find it somewhat difficult. Adding the s here doesn't make it plural, it changes the entire meaning.