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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Starkie had a sore throat and it was nowhere.

    be nowhere = don’t fall among the finalists

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V

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    Re: be nowhere

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Starkie had a sore throat and it was nowhere.

    be nowhere = donít fall among the finalists

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    That makes no sense. To "come nowhere" in a competition means to come so far down that you may as well not have bothered! But in your sentence, I have no idea what "it" refers to. If it refers to his sore throat, then I don't understand. A sore throat can't be nowhere!

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    Re: be nowhere

    A sore throat can't be nowhere! Yes, you are right, the throat couldn't be nowhere, but he can.

    Probably he is a singer who have to go in for a competition and there was not chance of his winning because of his sore throat.

    He couldn't make the cut.

    V.

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    Re: be nowhere

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    A sore throat can't be nowhere! Yes, you are right, the throat couldn't be nowhere, but he can.

    Probably he is a singer who have to go in for a competition and there was not chance of his winning because of his sore throat.

    He couldn't make the cut.

    V.
    Sparkie had a sore throat and he came nowhere [in the competition].

    The use of the word "it" was inappropriate if talking about a person.

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    #5

    Re: be nowhere

    Excuse my insistence, but Sparkie could be a parrot as an example.

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    Re: be nowhere

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Excuse my insistence, but Sparkie could be a parrot as an example.

    V.
    If your original post had given some context, we wouldn't be reduced to guessing.

    Since when did parrots enter talent contests?

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    Re: be nowhere

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    If your original post had given some context, we wouldn't be reduced to guessing.

    Since when did parrots enter talent contests?

    Rover
    Have you not watched talent contests recently? I don't think you even need a pulse, let alone any talent!

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    #8

    Re: be nowhere

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Excuse my insistence, but Sparkie could be a parrot as an example.

    V.
    Regardless, people tend to use "he" or "she" (not "it") when talking about their pets/animals unless they do not know the sex.

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    #9

    Re: be nowhere

    As a matter of fact here is the original of the problematic for you sentence.

    Starkie had a sore throat and was nowhere. Roberts, of Fale-by-the-Water, ran third. Good old G. Hayward!' said Bingo affectionately, and we strolled out on to the terrace.

    The dropping of the damned "it" that existed in my initial sentence must obliterate your faces broadened into a grin through my carelessness to admit that peccadillo, provoked your appetite to poke fun at a defenseless victim.

    The detail context you may see alone in Wodehouse's "The Inimitable Jeeves"

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    Re: be nowhere

    Context is key. Knowing that the topic was a horse race would have helped.

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