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    Smile Just a quick question please.

    Hey everyone, just a quick question please

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    Two people had just left Friday's meeting.

    One said to the other: "What do you think?"
    The other replied: "It wasn't as enjoyable as last weeks meetings."
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    From the extract sentences above, does the 'It' and the question subject refer to Friday's meeting?

    Another words does the sentences actually mean (and can only mean)?:

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    Two people had just left Friday's meeting.

    One said to the other: "What do you think [of Friday's meeting] ?"
    The other replied: "It [Friday's meeting] wasn't as enjoyable as last weeks meetings."
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    Thanks guys

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    Re: Just a quick question please.

    Just a quick note first: Last week's meeting - requires an apostrophe.

    Given that the first person didn't indicate the response was unexpected, that's the only truly likely scenario.

    Dozens of possibilities exist about what the first speaker is referring to. The last subject discussed at the meeting. Whether he should ask out the cute girl who was also at the meeting. The performance of the person who led the meeting. It could be so many things.

    Then the person replies. Unless the first person says, "No, no! I mean, what do think about X" to clarify what was the real intention, the only meaning that would make sense to rational people is that the first person asked about the meeting they just left, and the second person used "it" to also refer to the meeting.

    Can I ask why you are asking this? What other scenario did someone suggest?
    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: Just a quick question please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Just a quick note first: Last week's meeting - requires an apostrophe.

    Given that the first person didn't indicate the response was unexpected, that's the only truly likely scenario.

    Dozens of possibilities exist about what the first speaker is referring to. The last subject discussed at the meeting. Whether he should ask out the cute girl who was also at the meeting. The performance of the person who led the meeting. It could be so many things.

    Then the person replies. Unless the first person says, "No, no! I mean, what do think about X" to clarify what was the real intention, the only meaning that would make sense to rational people is that the first person asked about the meeting they just left, and the second person used "it" to also refer to the meeting.

    Can I ask why you are asking this? What other scenario did someone suggest?
    Thank you, I agree. There was no other scenario I was just thinking how we interpret sentences with missing information and develop full understandings. Thank you again Barb_D

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