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    #1

    mind somebody that can make you

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    My question is about this sentence.
    two kids (brother and sister) were fighting then their father intervened and said:
    Who started it? asked Atticus (the father), in resignation.
    The sister answered: Jem (the brother) did. He was trying to tell me what to do. I don't have to mind him now, do I?
    Atticus smiled. "Let's leave it at this: you mind Jem whenever he can make you. Fair enough?

    To mind him (green) means to obey? (My guess)
    Let's leave it at this (blue) means Let's agree? (My guess)
    and finally
    You mind Jem whenever he can make you. (red) (I have no clue what the father meant by that).lol

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    #2

    Re: mind somebody that can make you

    Quote Originally Posted by English70 View Post
    Learner/

    My question is about this sentence.
    two kids (brother and sister) were fighting then their father intervened and said:
    Who started it? asked Atticus (the father), in resignation.
    The sister answered: Jem (the brother) did. He was trying to tell me what to do. I don't have to mind him now, do I?
    Atticus smiled. "Let's leave it at this: you mind Jem whenever he can make you. Fair enough?

    To mind him (green) means to obey? (My guess)
    Let's leave it at this (blue) means Let's agree? (My guess)
    and finally
    You mind Jem whenever he can make you. (red) (I have no clue what the father meant by that).lol
    It means "obey him whenever he can force you to".

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    #3

    Re: mind somebody that can make you

    /A learner/

    I haven't got this this time.

    Do you mind? No ~ agree
    Do you mind? Yes ~ don't agree

    Didn't father advise her to resist?

    He was trying to tell me what to do. I don't have to mind him now, do I? (Shouldn't she have said,'I had to mind him, right?')
    Last edited by e2e4; 10-Oct-2010 at 23:45.

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