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    Lines from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    Lines from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    "They send you here for life,that's exactly what they take.
    Part that counts, anyway."
    How to understand the above lines?
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    Re: Lines from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    They send you to prison for life, (and) that's exactly what they take. (The) part [of your life] that counts [matters], anyway.

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    Re: Lines from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    Exactly. A good example of ellipsis.
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    Re: Lines from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    They send you to prison for life, (and) that's exactly what they take. (The) part [of your life] that counts [matters], anyway.
    but what does "take" means here?

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    Re: Lines from 《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    but what does "take" means here?
    They take your life. To take Anglika's sentence a bit further:

    They send you to prison for life, (and) your life is exactly what they take. (The) part [of your life] that counts [matters], anyway.

    Is that clearer?

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