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    Dear Teachers,

    a. The first time my great grandma came to visit and called our cats that I about dropped dead of shock.
    - “I dropped dead of shock” means “I was way very shock”, right?

    b. He can realize what he did was wrong, and maybe then he’ll apologize and try to start fresh.
    - “to start fresh” here means “recognize his fault or his mistake”, right?

    Thanks a bunch

    Namsteven

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    "Dropped dead of shock" is an exaggeration, of course. The speaker didn't literally die. As you said, it means the person was very, very surprised, to the point of being shocked.

    "Start fresh" means to do it all over again, to begin again with a clean slate. "We've had our differences in the past. Why don't we just forget all of that, and start fresh?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    a. The first time my great grandma came to visit and called our cats that I about dropped dead of shock.
    - “I dropped dead of shock” means “I was way very shock”, right?

    b. He can realize what he did was wrong, and maybe then he’ll apologize and try to start fresh.
    - “to start fresh” here means “recognize his fault or his mistake”, right?

    Thanks a bunch

    Namsteven
    As written, your first sentence has no main verb. You need to get rid of "that".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    As written, your first sentence has no main verb. You need to get rid of "that".
    That's what I thought, until I gave the writer the benefit of the doubt and read that as a pronoun; maybe the lady had called the cats "flea-bitten vermin".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    That's what I thought, until I gave the writer the benefit of the doubt and read that as a pronoun; maybe the lady had called the cats "flea-bitten vermin".

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    By golly, you're right. I didn't get that reading the first time.

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