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    Smile difficult sentences

    dear sir in theses sentences
    1)Her sister was trying to set you up, man?
    i didn't undertand to set you up
    2)How far gone is Michael Scofield?!
    i don't understand gone (is here an adjectif)
    3)You gonna keep dragging
    i don't understand dragging
    4)Any minute, federal agents could come
    Blasting through that door.
    here i don't understand why they use ing form in blasting
    5)We need to keep him on point.
    i don't understand keep him on point
    6)How old was your mom when she passed away?
    i don't understand the meaning of away

    7)Don't even think about doing this to me.
    i don't understand the meaning of even
    8)Step into my office.
    i found step to move by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place, or to put your foot on or in something
    but please what is the meaning of lift
    thank you all


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    Re: difficult sentences

    1)Her sister was trying to set you up, man?
    i didn't undertand to set you up
    "to set someone up" is to arrange things so that it (falsely) appears that the person is guilty of some crime.
    "This is a set-up," the innocent man hollered. "I wasn't even in the city when that bank heist went down!"
    "Oh yeah?" sneered the cop. "Then how come your fingerprints were found on the gun?"
    "I don't know! Someone must have planted it. I'm being set up!"

    2)How far gone is Michael Scofield?!
    i don't understand gone (is here an adjectif)
    To be "far gone" means to be well along the path to ruin, destruction, death, inebriation.
    "Michael is pretty far gone. He can't even remember what he did last night."
    "Wow. A pretty severe case of alcoholism!"


    3)You gonna keep dragging
    i don't understand dragging
    This isn't a standard expression.
    It probably means "drag yourself along by persisting at weary chores."

    4)Any minute, federal agents could come
    Blasting through that door.
    here i don't understand why they use ing form in blasting
    I think this is using the verb "to come' in its linking sense.
    You should ask PROESL or some of the other grammarians about this.


    5)We need to keep him on point.
    i don't understand keep him on point
    to be "on point" means to be exactly right, or exactly on topic, or perfect, or performing up to specs, or in perfect physical condition, etc

    6)How old was your mom when she passed away?
    i don't understand the meaning of away
    "To pass away" is a euphemism for "to die"
    "He passed away after a long struggle with cancer."
    Sometimes it is shortened to "to pass," also meaning "to die"
    "Did you hear that Old Man Tylor passed?"

    7)Don't even think about doing this to me.
    i don't understand the meaning of even
    As it is used here, 'even' is an intensifier.
    "What does that even MEAN?"
    "Don't even THINK about it!"
    "Don't even try!"

    8)Step into my office.
    i found step to move by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place, or to put your foot on or in something
    but please what is the meaning of lift
    "to lift" means to raise or to elevate. In the case of the definition, the leg is raising the foot off the ground so the person can step.

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