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    They were smarter than I was about people.

    Hello

    I don't understand "I was about people." Is it an idiom?

    Here is the text where I read "I was about people:"
    I wish Jules had met my mother, but somehow I had never arranged for them to get to know one another. Both of them were smarter than I WAS ABOUT PEOPLE. But they only spoke once on the phone when I was out grocery shopping. I remember afterward that I asked Jules what they’d talked about. “Tie-dyeing,” she said. To this day I am not sure WHETHER she was kidding.
    Also I would like to know if I can say "To this day I am not sure WHETHER OR NOT she was kidding?" If I can, does my sentence has the same meaning as "To this day I am not sure WHETHER she was kidding?"

    Thank you very much,
    SmilingTeapot

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    Re: They were smarter than I was about people.

    This means that Jules and my mother both knew more (were smarter) about people than I did. They understood more about human behavior than I did. They were smarter than I was on the subject of people.

    Yes, you can omit the "or not" in most whether constructions.

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    Thumbs up Re: They were smarter than I was about people.

    Now, I understand.

    Many thanks mykwyner.

    smilingTeapot

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