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    meaning of sentences

    (1) Said comfortingly of misfortunes that may bring some benefits.
    (2) He said that they used different tactics to stay afloat.


    What is the meaning of the above sentence?

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    Re: meaning of sentences

    1 Not a complete sentence- we don't know what is said.
    2 It depends on the context- stay afloat could mean not sink in water or it could mean not go out of business.

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    Re: meaning of sentences

    1: was given as a definition for "It's an ill wind that blows no good" - to be complete it would read "It is said comfortingly of misfortunes that may bring some benefits

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    Re: meaning of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    1: was given as a definition for "It's an ill wind that blows no good" - to be complete it would read "It is said comfortingly of misfortunes that may bring some benefits
    I understand this sentence meaning, But

    exactly, what is the meaning of `comfortingly'?

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    Re: meaning of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 Not a complete sentence- we don't know what is said.
    2 It depends on the context- stay afloat could mean not sink in water or it could mean not go out of business.
    Thank you,

    Here is the context,

    Amit was furious at Ravi. He spoke to Bigg Boss about both Ravi and Rahul. He said that they used different tactics to stay afloat. Rahul used his silence and his 'bholanath' image and played with his eyes, while Ravi used words as his weapon and played mind games. He even had the audacity to say that "jo mere khilaf bolega, woh bahar jayega!"

    Also, what is audacity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    1: was given as a definition for "It's an ill wind that blows no good" - to be complete it would read "It is said comfortingly of misfortunes that may bring some benefits
    It's so obvious once someone points it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I understand this sentence meaning, But

    exactly, what is the meaning of `comfortingly'?
    If something bad has happened, people try to comfort others- make them feel better about the situation and look for positive things.

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    Re: meaning of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you,

    Here is the context,

    Amit was furious at Ravi. He spoke to Bigg Boss about both Ravi and Rahul. He said that they used different tactics to stay afloat. Rahul used his silence and his 'bholanath' image and played with his eyes, while Ravi used words as his weapon and played mind games. He even had the audacity to say that "jo mere khilaf bolega, woh bahar jayega!"

    Also, what is audacity?
    It means that they are trying to stay out of some sort of trouble. However, without knowing who they are and what they do, I can't say. 'Audacity' is being cheeky or rude in a way that is shocking and brave- a complete lack of respect for authority.

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