Help me. the meaning about 'His chest is red'?

Can I ask you?

In English course, there is a question 'His chest is red'.

The answere is '彼の胸は赤い'. かれのむねはあかい。

As you know the word 'chest' have several meanings.

A part of body. 胸/むね.

A kind of furniture. チェスト/ちぇすと.

When English native speaker listen to this sentence, you think about a body?

August 20, 2017


Without context, I'd think it was about his torso; the furniture items are typically of a natural wood colour, and I've never seen a particularly red one, whereas virtually all parts of the body can become reddish in the instance of all manner of afflictions.

August 20, 2017

I think about the furniture. It's an odd sentence. I only think about the body when I imagine a doctor saying it about a man with a horrible rash or sunburn :-)

August 20, 2017


August 20, 2017

I assume we're talking about the man's body, and not a piece of furniture.

August 20, 2017

Body, that's what I think, because they are splitted as words and meanings in Japanese. Just like in Turkish.

Chest as furniture means "Sandık" and body part is "Göğüs". Mune is used as a part of body in Japanese.

August 20, 2017

Yes, his chest would most likely be understood as a part of his body.

When I search for 胸/むね, I get food such as chicken breast. This is not a word that is used for men's bodies in English, only women.

I'm not sure what 彼の胸は赤い means. The images look like hearts. When I looked up a translation, it said chin or jaw??

In my part of the world, this piece of furniture is usually called a dresser or "chest of drawers." In most cases, I'd probably refer to it as "the" dresser or "the" chest of drawers unless there were more than one in the same room and only one of them belonged to the man.

August 20, 2017

Thank you! I knew that many people think 'chest’ of 'his chest is red' is 'chest' of part of body.

I wrote this question because I don't know when the chest becomes red. : )

August 20, 2017

A person's chest can become red for several reasons such as sunburn or illness.

August 21, 2017

Certainly after sunburn, become red before black. :O

But I didn't know become to red because of the illness or so.

Thank you.

August 21, 2017
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