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    came pouring in

    Hi,


    How to understand "came pouring in" in this sentence?


    Messages of congratulation came pouring in.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: came pouring in

    Think of rain pouring down.

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    Re: came pouring in

    Lots arriving

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    Re: came pouring in

    Thanks a lot, can you tell me the grammar point here?

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    Re: came pouring in

    I don't know what a grammar point is, but maybe this will be helpful:

    "They came."
    "They came in what way?"
    "They came pouring in."

    "Pouring in" works like an adverb in this sentence.

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    Re: came pouring in

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Think of rain pouring down.
    And other words/expressions about too much paperwork arriving use the same idea: "up to my eyes in...", 'inundated with..."... Can't think of any more*, but I'm sure someone can. There are also closely related images that don't mean quite the same thing: "snowed under" [=having a lot of work to do], 'out of one's depth" [=having reached the limit of one's understanding - e.g. 'I read chapter one, but after that I quickly got out of my depth']

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    PS *Oh of course: 'Requests have been flooding in'. And extending that backwards: 'At first there was only a trickle of requests. But after a few weeks the trickle had turned into a flood.'
    Last edited by BobK; 04-Feb-2011 at 18:09. Reason: Added PS

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