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    A question about a phrase

    Hi,

    I was reading a blog post and one of the sentences confuses me, quote

    " I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?"

    Why does "what with" mean in here?

    Anyone can help out here?

    Thank you.

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    Re: A question about a phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by chaord74 View Post
    Hi, Welcome!

    I was reading a blog post and one of the sentences confuses me, quote

    " I am surprised you managed to attend work at all (what with)(considering/knowing that you were) thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?"

    What does "what with" mean in here?

    Can anyone help out here?

    Thank you.
    Here "what with" means 'considering/knowing that you were'.


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    Re: A question about a phrase

    2006,

    Thank your for the answer and corrections.

    I think I can understand what the author was trying to say. It's just sort of weird to see that (in terms of grammar). Is it correct in grammar? and is it pretty common in speaking?

    Thanks.

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    Re: A question about a phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by chaord74 View Post
    2006,

    Thank your for the answer and corrections.

    I think I can understand what the author was trying to say. It's just sort of weird to see that (in terms of grammar). Is it correct in grammar? yes
    and is it pretty common in speaking? It's not common in speaking or writing, but you will come across it occasionally.

    Thanks.
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    Re: A question about a phrase

    Got it, I appreciate your help.

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