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    Smile ask for help

    dear sir in theses sentences
    1)It's my 22-year-old cousin's bachelorette party.
    That's hardly the salt mines.
    i don't understand "That's hardly the salt mines."

    2)Getting oiled, most likely.
    i don't understand "Getting oiled"
    3)His wife was up there.
    i don't understand was up
    4)
    I've been a part of hundreds
    Of operations during my career
    here i don't understand the difference between present prefect and present perfect continuous

    5) also what is the difference between pronoun and determiner
    in this sentence such behavior is not acceptable(here such is det why)

    thank you a lot

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    Re: ask for help

    1)It's my 22-year-old cousin's bachelorette party.
    That's hardly the salt mines.
    i don't understand "That's hardly the salt mines."

    This is a reference to a saying about being sentenced to "hard labor in the salt mines" as a punishment.
    It refers to the wide-spread belief in the USA that the USSR punished dissidents by sentencing them to twenty years of hard labor in the Siberian salt mines.

    The gist of the passage is that going to a party is hardly like being sentenced to hard prison labor (such as in a salt mine.)
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    2)Getting oiled, most likely.
    i don't understand "Getting oiled"
    "Getting oiled" usually means "getting drunk."
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    3)His wife was up there.
    i don't understand was up

    "To be up there" could mean a lot of things. The use of "up" to go with "there" often suggests an elevation in height, but not always.

    - "His wife was up there" might use "up there" to refer to her geographical location:
    > His wife was up at the summer cabin by the lake. She'd been up there all week.
    > His wife was up there in Heaven now. She was safe from all harm up there.
    > "I have to go into the burning hotel! My wife is up there!" (meaning that she is inside the hotel)

    - It might be used in a descriptive sense:
    > He was proud to see his wife up there on the television screen.
    > He could hardly believe that his wife was up there on the witness stand testifying against him!

    - It might be used as figurative language of some kind, I suppose:
    > His wife was up there on Cloud Nine. (meaning under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
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    These questions are for the grammarians!

    4)
    I've been a part of hundreds
    Of operations during my career
    here i don't understand the difference between present prefect and present perfect continuous



    5) also what is the difference between pronoun and determiner
    in this sentence such behavior is not acceptable(here such is det why)

    thank you a lot
    Last edited by Ann1977; 02-Oct-2009 at 01:20.

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