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The sentence is,

The English teacher jumps across the room with a large stick.

Does it mean the English teacher really jumped from one position to another position?

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closed as too localized by RegDwigнt Oct 21 '12 at 14:56

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Can you provide some context for the sentence? What precedes and follows this sentence? – JLG Apr 13 '12 at 1:12
The paragraph suggests that the teacher is very bad and angry. He beats his student with that stick. – user105331 Apr 13 '12 at 1:25
Then I would say the answer to your question is "Yes." – JLG Apr 13 '12 at 1:47
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One finds it difficult to say, given so little context. It could mean that the English teacher actually jumped from one point to another. But more frequently hyperbolic sentences like that are figurative; it is likely to mean "moves rapidly", as often expressed with verb "springs" instead of "jumps".

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