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1) This story has a touch of human interest that makes it very interesting.
2) This story has a touch of human passion that makes it very interesting.
3) This story has a touch of human nature that makes it very interesting.
Are these sentences grammatical?
Are they idiomatic?
What does 'touch' mean in them?
To me, in such cases, 'touch' means 'a small quantity'. However, in these
sentences it doesn't seem to mean that.
I searched 'a touch of human' on google books and found quite a few cases
Many recipes will call for a "pinch" or a "tad" of something - usually
a spice. This is usually translated as 1/16 ounce (or less than 1/8).
This will be used in recipes that might call for, say, several cups
(maybe 16 ounces) of an ingredient, say, flour.
"Smidgen", "dash", "drop" "hint" and "touch" are also used meaning a
very small amount. - ""when so little is needed that the exact amount
Dash= 1/8 teaspoon
Pinch= 1/16 teaspoon
Smidgen= 1/32 teaspoon
"some of my best bock recipes use a blend of Munich I and Munich II
for the majority of the grist (if not the entirety). I usually add at
least 10-20% pils for the enzymes. I also like a touch of cara munich
Some martinis are made with a "touch" of vermouth. That could mean
waving the cork over the glass.
"Touch" is a rare amount in recipes. But it is found elsewhere:
"CREAM. - The best and purest tints of cream are obtained by tinting
zinc oxide with a little Naples yellow or by mixing eight parts of
white lead, two parts of French yellow ochre, and a touch of Venetian
red. French ochre and lead alone are often employed. Equal parts of
raw sienna and orange chrome used to tint white gives a nice cream,
but there are many other methods of obtaining this tint."
RED TERRA-COTTA. - Use equal proportions of burnt sienna and white
lead. The tone may be varied by the addition of either of the umbers
and the chromes. A good bright terra-cotta is also made by using
Venetian red as a base and colouring up with ochre and a touch of
"Touch" means a very small amount - or very slightly in your