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    “Now, I’m sure there are many questions,” Mrs. Casnoff continued in what had to be the understatement of the year. “But for now, report to your rooms. All will be explained at tonight’s assembly.”


    in what had to be the understatement of the year ??

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    as if she was a sympathetic woman ??

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    Default Re: understatement of the year

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    “Now, I’m sure there are many questions,” Mrs. Casnoff continued in what had to be the understatement of the year.

    A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) My dictionary tells me that an "understatement" is not emphasizing something on

    purpose.

    (2) In other words, there are probably a million questions that the students have,

    so Mrs. Casnoff's comment is an understatement of the true situation.

    (a) Let's say that Mrs. Casnoff says, "We have decided to sell the school."

    Do you think that the students and parents would have a lot of questions?

    Of course, they would. So when Mrs. Casnoff says, "I'm sure there are many

    questions," that is really a huge understatement. The students not only have

    many questions but they are shocked and can't believe the news!

    (3) Sometimes we use an understatement because we do not want to say something unkind.

    Tom: I have a question about grammar.

    Mona: Well, why don't you ask the Parser?

    Tom: Well, he is very nice, but I don't think that he understands grammar very well.

    George: That's the understatement of the year. ( = Tom is too nice to say the Parser

    is stupid and knows nothing about grammar.)

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