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    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with the proper choice of the interpretation of the phrasal verb “turn up” in the following sentence?

    When the real Dona Lucia turns up with Lord Fancourfs girl, Ela Delahay, the complications increase rapidly, but there is a happy ending.

    turn up = appear, arrive

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    Yes.

    Exactly.

    There is (sometimes) an implication that the thing/person that turned up was missing/hidden/etc.

    "I hunted for my hat for days. It finally turned up on the workbench in the garage."

    In your example - there is an implication that there is a FAKE Dona Lucia already there - and the 'real' one is likely to turn up (or arrive) at some point in the future - at which point the FAKE will be found out to be FAKE.



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    Hi opa6x57,

    Thank you for your kindness.

    It is quite on the cards that you know CHARLEY'S AUNT (1892) by Brandon Thomas in detail.

    a 67-year-old Bulgarian

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    It is quite on the cards that you know CHARLEY'S AUNT (1892) by Brandon Thomas in detail.

    a 67-year-old Bulgarian

    Do you mean to say, that it is clear or obvious that I know CHARLEY'S AUNT? If that is what you mean, I must disappoint you. I am not familiar with the work.

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    Hi opa6x57,

    Your interpretation of the sentence was irreproachably This was the cause of my speculation that you know the book in question..

    I beg your pardon for my tactlessness.

    V.

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    I took no offense.

    Nor did I consider your statement tactless. In fact, I was flattered that you thought that based on my interpretation of the sentence/question you posed.

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