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    #1

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    Dear all,

    How to understand the underlined sentence?

    Does it mean that GM operates refrigerator in the way it does in autos?


    Thanks in advance.

    In 1919, the same year that General Motors Acceptance Corporation began offering credit to car buyers, GM bought a small refrigerator company called Frigidaire. Realizing that a refrigerator, like a car, was basically a big box with a motor, GM began adapting its methods of making and selling cars to making and selling refrigerators. That included letting customers buy on credit.

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    Re: adapt to

    Quote Originally Posted by Eartha View Post
    Dear all,

    How to understand the underlined sentence?

    Does it mean that GM operates refrigerator in the way it does in autos?


    Thanks in advance.

    In 1919, the same year that General Motors Acceptance Corporation began offering credit to car buyers, GM bought a small refrigerator company called Frigidaire. Realizing that a refrigerator, like a car, was basically a big box with a motor, GM began adapting its methods of making and selling cars to making and selling refrigerators. That included letting customers buy on credit.
    It means that in 1919 GM bought Frigidaire and started making and selling refrigerators as well as cars. Whether or not they still own Frigidaire I don't know.

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    Re: adapt to

    Quote Originally Posted by Eartha View Post
    How to understand the underlined sentence?
    Hi,
    It's probably time once again to point out that constructions such as this are not proper sentences in English, even though they occur in Chinglish.
    There is no finite verb.

    Sentences expressing this concept are:
    How do you understand the underlined sentence?
    How should I understand the following sentence?
    What is the meaning of the underlined sentence?
    Please explain the underlined sentence.
    Please help me to understand the underlined sentence.
    Please tell me how to understand the underlined sentence.
    ...

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