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    questions about《My life》

    Quotes from Bill Clinton's memoir 《My life》:
    1、I talked to several people that fall about whether they would be interested in running, including Hugh and Diane Kincaid, Morriss and Ann Henry, Steve Smith, and state representative Rudy Moore, who was Clark Whillocks brother-in-law。
    2、Of course, if I got waxed, my long-hoped-for political career could be over before it began.
    3、I had to think fast, and as would so often happen in the years ahead, I turned to Hillary for judgment and advice.

    how to understand these 3 sentence?what does"fall about","got waxed" and"as would"mean here?

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    Re: questions about《My life》

    Unfortunately, the problem is (with two out of three) that you asked the wrong questions. When Clinton says that he talked to several people that fall he means that it was fall (the season between summer and winter) when he talked to those people.

    I will need more context to determine what is meant by "I got waxed" means in the sentence you quote.

    When he says "as would so often happen in the years ahead, I turned to Hillary for judgment and advice" he means that he often turned to Hillary for advice ("in the years ahead").


    Does that help?


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    Re: questions about《My life》

    You might be more familiar with "Autumn", it's the same as "Fall" which as Ronbee says is the season between Summer and Winter.

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    Re: questions about《My life》

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I will need more context to determine what is meant by "I got waxed" means in the sentence you quote.
    I guess it has something to do with Mr Clinton's depilatory problems.

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    Re: questions about《My life》

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Unfortunately, the problem is (with two out of three) that you asked the wrong questions. When Clinton says that he talked to several people that fall he means that it was fall (the season between summer and winter) when he talked to those people.

    I will need more context to determine what is meant by "I got waxed" means in the sentence you quote.

    When he says "as would so often happen in the years ahead, I turned to Hillary for judgment and advice" he means that he often turned to Hillary for advice ("in the years ahead").


    Does that help?

    thanks ,RonBee,it helps a lot.
    I still don't quite understand the structure of the 3rd sentence,Does "as would so often happen in the years ahead" need a subject here?if so ,what the subject should be?

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    Re: questions about《My life》

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    thanks ,RonBee,it helps a lot.
    I still don't quite understand the structure of the 3rd sentence,Does "as would so often happen in the years ahead" need a subject here?if so ,what the subject should be?
    Yes, it needs a subject, and the subject is I, thus:
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    I had to think fast, and as would so often happen in the years ahead, I turned to Hillary for judgment and advice.
    The phrase in question ("as would so often happen in the years ahead") is, I think, an adverbial phrase. In other words, he often turned to Hillary for advice "in the years ahead".

    (The sentence is a compound sentence with two independent clauses.)


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