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Thread #163204   Message #3892441
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
06-Dec-17 - 11:01 AM
Thread Name: We must stop correcting grammar
Subject: RE: We must stop correcting grammar
From: Steve Shaw - PM
Date: 06 Dec 17 - 10:31 AM
"Razed" means totally destroyed, smashed to the ground.

Sorry, which is it?
If an American home with cellar, root cellar, and possibly nuclear bunker, is "totally destroyed" then all those below ground parts must presumably also be destroyed.
If everything above ground (as in hurricane season)is destroyed, it has been smashed to the ground.

If Razed means both totally destroyed, and smashed to the ground, then its meaning is unclear.
"Razed to the ground" then clarifies that meaning. The cellars survive.