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    a sentence

    "Hardly does a day go by without seeing people smoking."

    What is the meaning of this sentence?
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    Re: a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    "Hardly does a day go by without seeing people smoking."

    What is the meaning of this sentence?
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    There are very few days that one doesn't see people smoking.


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    Re: a sentence

    [QUOTE=kelvin123;573782]"Hardly does a day go by without seeing people smoking."

    What is the meaning of this sentence?
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    It means ..a person mostly passed his time with smokers & hardly spend a day without them...

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    Re: a sentence

    Hello ibrahim and welcome to the forums.

    I cannot agree with your interpretation.

    The original sentence does not say a word about who the person associates with. It simply says that he (or she) sees people smoking at some point almost every day. The person may despise smoke, hate the way people who smoke smell, and refuse to pass his (or her) time with them, and see people smoking through the window or in the distance.

    As a "By the way" comment, I don't find the original very natural.
    I'd prefer any of these:
    Hardly a day goes by that I don't see someone smoking.
    Hardly a day goes by when you don't seem someone smoking. (The impersonal "you.")
    Hardly a day goes by that one will not see someone someone smoking.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a sentence

    i am still confused.

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    Re: a sentence

    The person who wrote these sees someone in the act of smoking almost every day.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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