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    extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff

    Quote from Bill Clinton's memoir 《My life》:
    When we got home from the hospital, Chelsea had a ready-made extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff, including Carolyn Huber and Eliza Ashley, who had cooked there forever.

    what does "extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff" mean?
    family in staff?Isn't "in" supposed to be followed by a place?

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    Re: extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff

    It means that the members of staff in the Governor's Mansion had close and personal contacts with the children, providing them with a form of family support. They become an extension of the family for which they work.

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    Re: extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It means that the members of staff in the Governor's Mansion had close and personal contacts with the children, providing them with a form of family support. They become an extension of the family for which they work.
    I understand the meaning,but why "in staff" not in a place?


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    Re: extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff

    Let's try a similar sentence or two:

    There are two boys and eighteen girls in my family.
    We found wonderful friends in the hotel's staff.

    "Staff" and "family" are being used almost in the sense of a place.

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    Re: extended family in the Governorís Mansion staff

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    I understand the meaning,but why "in staff" not in a place?
    You could just say the 'Governor's mansion', but then you'd have to add something to move on to the names in the next part.

    'In' doesn't have to be followed by a place:

    in despair/in good faith (noun/noun phrase)
    in summer/July, etc (time)
    believe in God
    etc

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