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    #1

    what does it mean?

    what does "I will put the seat down" mean?
    Is it an expression?

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    #2

    Re: what does it mean?

    It sounds like a seat that folds away, or a toilet seat:
    http://www.showerseat.co.uk/wp-conte.../wall-seat.jpg


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    #3

    Re: what does it mean?

    Thanks for your answer, but I really don't know its meaning.

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    #4

    Re: what does it mean?

    We can't know the meaning either, without context.

    In the US, it's a culturally accepted phenomenon that men leave the toilet seat up, which annoys women. (I actually don't know any men who do leave it up, and I don't know of any women who actually complain about it, but it's standard fare in TV shows to accept that both of these things happen.)

    That is the first thing I thought of when I read the sentence.
    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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    #5

    Re: what does it mean?

    It's the same in the UK, Barb, and that's the first thing I thought of, too.

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: what does it mean?

    Thanks to both of you...I think that must be it.

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