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    Default I have two difficulties with two sentences

    Dears:

    I have been reading” “David Coppefield" and I met two difficulties;

    1. In this sentence: she asked me for some water and then gave me such a patient smile.

    is "a patient smile" here the same as "a peaceful smile"?

    2. it was sad saying goodbye to my mother

    I've learnt a kind of grammar is "it is + adj to do", is "it is + adj. doing" also right? or it is a exception?

    thanks!

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    Default Re: I have two difficulties with two sentences

    1 No, although it probably is peaceful as well - it's more a sense of indulging an error or incompetence or potentially annoying behaviour, 'putting up with it'. Perhaps I've guessed the context wrong, but is it Peggotty being maternal to young David?

    2 It's not an exceptional. The focus was on the event. It's usually sad to say goodbye to one's mother, but in this case David is thinking how sad the event was.

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    Default Re: I have two difficulties with two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    1 No, although it probably is peaceful as well - it's more a sense of indulging an error or incompetence or potentially annoying behaviour, 'putting up with it'. Perhaps I've guessed the context wrong, but is it Peggotty being maternal to young David?

    2 It's not an exceptional. The focus was on the event. It's usually sad to say goodbye to one's mother, but in this case David is thinking how sad the event was.

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    Thank you very much. You remembered the names of characters!In fact it was the moment that David's mother was dying. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: I have two difficulties with two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by reneehcl View Post
    Dears: (There's no need for a salutation.)

    I have been reading” “David Copperfield" and I met two difficulties. . . .
    If you have further difficulties with two sentences, reneehcl, please ask them in two separate threads with a title for each telling us what it is about - such as A patient smile and It was sad saying goodbye.

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