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    Default What does it mean??

    A good friend is a person whoo doesn't laugh at you when you were finished and broke out into tears.
    Could anyone tell me what "finished" here means?
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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    A good friend is a person whoo doesn't laugh at you when you were finished and broke out into tears.

    You will have to explain what was finished and who broke out in tears.

    Is this a quote from an Olympic team member?

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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    No, I don't think so
    It just a sentense in my lesson and I don't understand it.

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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    Suppose you are competing in the Olympics. It is a very intense competition. You are finished and overwhelmed with emotion. You break out in tears from relief that it is over. Another team member comes up to you and gives you a hug. That person is a real friend. You might think:

    A good friend is a person who doesn't laugh at me when I finish my performance and I break out into tears.


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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    "you were finished"
    It may be passive voice or finished here is an adj
    So I don't think it means stop doing sth

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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    You were finished in this sentence probably means you had come the end of your tether = could bear no more [which is why you burst into tears].

    As a sentence it is not well written:
    A good friend is a person who doesn't laugh at you when you are finished and have broken down in tears.

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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    Ah! So "finished" means "being at the end of your rope"?

    Now it makes sense.

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    Default Re: What does it mean??

    Thank you so much, Anglika and susiedqq

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