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    Cool To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Given the sentence:

    "When a budding romance between Cordelia and Pi gets cut short by Troy, she agrees to become engaged to Troy in thirty days to save Pi's life."

    Does "get cut short" mean that Troy has cut abrutly this romance just beginning?

    Does "engaged in thirty days" mean Cordelia is about to get married to Troy when finished the thirty days to come?

    Very grateful.

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    Default Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Does "get cut short" mean that Troy has cut abrutly this romance just beginning?

    Does "engaged in thirty days" mean Cordelia is about to get married to Troy when
    finished the thirty days to come?

    She agrees to get engaged to Troy in thirty days, not to marry Troy in thirty days.

    Does that help?

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    Cool Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Does "get cut short" mean that Troy has cut abrutly this romance just beginning?

    Does "engaged in thirty days" mean Cordelia is about to get married to Troy when
    finished the thirty days to come?

    She agrees to get engaged to Troy in thirty days, not to marry Troy in thirty days.

    Does that help?

    Thank You very much, but still a problem. I don't quite understand "in thirty days". What does "in thirty days" mean here? That She will engage Troy not before thirty days to come, or that she will only be engaged to him thirty days and then will be free again? Confusing to me.

    Thank You for your interest

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    Default Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Thirty days from today, she will get engaged to Troy.

    Does that help? ;-D

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    Cool Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Thirty days from today, she will get engaged to Troy.

    Does that help? ;-D
    Yes, I think. First one of my two proposals, isn't it?

    Thank You again.

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    Default Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Yes and no. She's not about to get married; she's about to get engaged.

    All the best.

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    Cool Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Yes and no. She's not about to get married; she's about to get engaged.

    All the best.
    Yes, yes. She will engage Troy WITHIN thirty days.

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    Default Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Except that when you get engaged, you don't "engage" that person.

    She will get engaged to Troy, not engage Troy.

    You can engage an engine, or you can engage a person in discussion, but you cannot engage a person to mean you have agree to get married.

    I also read it as getting engaged at the end of the 30-day period, not within 30 days.

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    Cool Re: To engage in thirty days and to get cut short

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Except that when you get engaged, you don't "engage" that person.

    She will get engaged to Troy, not engage Troy.

    You can engage an engine, or you can engage a person in discussion, but you cannot engage a person to mean you have agree to get married.

    I also read it as getting engaged at the end of the 30-day period, not within 30 days.
    My God. What a mess! So what does to get engaged to someone mean, finally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    My God. What a mess! So what does to get engaged to someone mean, finally?
    (get) engaged, pledge to be married; betrothed. engaged - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    [1] She will engaged Troy within thirty days.
    [2] She will get engaged to Troy in thirty days.

    Note,

    Get engaged within 30 days
    Meaning: some day between today and 30 days from now--inside of 30 days; e.g., she and Troy will make a pledge tomorrow or in two days or next week, that they will marry each other on some day in the future that has yet to be set.

    Get engaged in 30 days
    Meaning: thirty days from today;e.g., today is the 7th of June, so she and Troy will make a pledge 30 days from today, on July 6th, that they will marry each other on some day in the future that has yet to be set.

    Does that help?

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