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    My first impression was that it was a present someone had brought me from abroad. (It's an old diary) The shape, the lettering, the purple limp leather curling upwards at the corners, gave it a foreign look; and it had, I could see, gold edges. Of all the exhibits it was the only one that might have been expensive. I must have treasured it; why, then, could I not give it a context?

    I don't get two sentence.

    1. and it had, I could see, gold edges.

    2. why, then, could I not give it a context?

    and "I must have treasured it" is refer to value it or keep it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemini View Post
    My first impression was that it was a present someone had brought me from abroad. (It's an old diary) The shape, the lettering, the purple limp leather curling upwards at the corners, gave it a foreign look; and it had, I could see, gold edges. Of all the exhibits it was the only one that might have been expensive. I must have treasured it; why, then, could I not give it a context?

    I don't get two sentence.

    1. and it had, I could see, gold edges. = I could see that it had gold edges.

    The edges of the covers were gold-coloured and I could see those edges.


    2. why, then, could I not give it a context? Given that I had quite a lot of information about the diary, I couldn't understand why I couldn't work out where/who it came from.

    and "I must have treasured it" is refer to value it or keep it?

    To treasure something means to keep it and have great affection for it. If you treasure something, you are likely to keep it for a very long time, even after it has stopped having any use.
    See above.

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    I must have treasured it; past or present tense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gemini View Post
    I must have treasured it; past or present tense?
    In the context it's being used in this passage, past tense. The person is looking at the diary and, although he/she can't remember much about it, the fact that they have kept it for so long, suggests that they "must have treasured it" even if, at the moment, they can't work out why.

    If you receive a beautiful present which you really like, you might say "It's beautiful. I will treasure it forever" (future tense).

    If someone else, for example, saw something in your house which you had clearly had for a long time and asked you about it, you might say "My grandmother bought it for me many years ago, and I really treasure it" (present tense).

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