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    Smile At a loose end

    Hi,
    What does it mean? Here is the example...

    "She were at a loose end look me up"

    Thanks for now...

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    At a loose end is an idiom. Click here

    *"She were at a loose end look me up." <ungrammatical>

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    At a loose end is an idiom. Click here
    *"She were at a loose end look me up." <ungrammatical>
    Oh, sorry... Not "were". Of course "was".

    "She was at a loose end look me up."

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    I looked your link. Also I had looked the dictionary.com before. But I didn't understand exactly as usual. Maybe you can explain a little more, can't you?

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    "at a loose end" means free, not busy, and don't know what to do with that free time.

    Imagine that one of your shoelaces is untied, loose, just flopping around freely on the ground. It's not tied or fixed in place; it has nothing to do, no place to be. It's at a loose end.

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    She was at a loose end *look me up. <ungrammatical>
    She was at a loose end and looked me up. <grammatical>

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    Ungrammatical??? Now I'm confused. Here are the original sentence:

    "But if you're at a loose end look me up. I'm sure we could find something diverting for you."

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    The following original sentence is grammatical,

    "But if you're at a loose end look me up. I'm sure we could find something diverting for you."

    However, the sentence below is ungrammatical,

    *"She was at a loose end look me up."

    The problem, "She was at a loose end" is a sentence and "look me up", an imperative, (You) look me up, is a sentence also.

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    Default Re: At a loose end

    The last question:

    "But if you're..." = if you are or if you were???

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    If you are (factually speaking)
    If you were (hypothetically speaking)

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