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  1. yuriya's Avatar
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    #1

    Smile look

    Bobby saw that the guy getting out of the back indeed very old. He looked a hundred if he looked a day.
    What do you think the last sentence mean? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: look

    It just means he looked very old. Since he clearly looked like he was at least a day old, he looked as old as 100.


    It's a reasonably common expression.
    "She told you she is 36? What a liar. That woman is 45 if she's a day. We graduated from high school together."
    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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    Smile Re: look

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Since he clearly looked like he was at least a day old, he looked as old as 100."
    Thanks for your super fast reply! I'm totally new to this expression and I don't get the logic. Can you elaborate this a bit more?

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    Re: look

    Hmm.

    What if you thought of it this way: If you can have confidence that she is at least one day old [which you obviously can!], you can have an equal amount of confidence that she is at least X years old.

    So if you believe that she is at least one day old, you must believe that she is X years old.
    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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