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    Overnight

    I don't get
    "These countries did not get to be the way they are overnight. They don't change overnight."


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    'You can build a house in three years," he said. "You can build a house in three months. But rebuilding systems is a different thing.

    "These countries did not get to be the way they are overnight. They don't change overnight."

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    Re: Overnight

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    I don't get
    "These countries did not get to be the way they are overnight. They don't change overnight."

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    'You can build a house in three years," he said. "You can build a house in three months. But rebuilding systems is a different thing.

    "These countries did not get to be the way they are overnight. They don't change overnight."
    Things take time. 'overnight' means, quickly. For example, if a tsunami destroys your house, you can't rebuild it in a day, let alone that night (i.e., overnight).

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    What do "they" refer to in "the way they are overnight"?


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    These countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    What do "they" refer to in "the way they are overnight"?
    As Casiopea and Francois explained...they refers to the countries and overnight means "right away". Same with the saying: Rome wasn't built ina day. Rebuilding of countries from disasters takes time and therefore it's not an "overnight thing", it's not a snap - it's a process.

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