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    What does it mean?

    Hi,
    What does the words "she had missed him not being at home" mean in the sentence?

    She told John from behind the screen that she planned to make up for the previous night because she had missed him not being at home.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi,
    What do the words "she had missed him not being at home" mean in the sentence?

    She told John from behind the screen that she planned to make up for the previous night because she had missed him not being at home.

    Thanks in advance.
    I suppose you know the meaning of "to miss someone"? The sentence means that he had not been at home the night before and she had missed him.

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    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi,
    What does the words "she had missed him not being at home" mean in the sentence?

    She told John from behind the screen that she planned to make up for the previous night because she had missed him not being at home.

    Thanks in advance.
    It might make more sense written as "she missed his not being at home".
    What did she miss? His not being at home.

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    Re: What does it mean?

    "She missed him not being at home" is more conversational

    but

    "She missed his not being at home" is more written English (Latinate gerund for she missed him because he was not at home).

    Madame, forgive my mistaking you for someone else.

    Madame I am sorry that I thought you were someone else
    or
    for the fact that I thought you were someone else.

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