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    his mail blowing into the street

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of this highlighted part:

    [When I was five, I was playing outside. Neighbor's father had a heart attack, right in front of me. I remember the sound when his head hit pavement. I can still see his mail blowing into the street.]

    Can we just guess that he was a postman? or "mail" here means what?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    Not a teacher

    He had the heart attack when collecting his mail from the box.

    M.

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    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
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    He had the heart attack when collecting his mail from the box.

    M.
    meaning that the mail in his hands dropped on the ground?

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    #4

    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    P.S.

    If he was a postman it'd say: "the mail" not: "his mail"

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    #5

    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    P.S.

    If he was a postman it'd say: "the mail" not: "his mail"
    yes! You are right. Thanks for that note.

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    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    'When I was five, I was playing outside. A neighbor's father had a heart attack, right in front of me. I remember the sound when his head hit the pavement. I can still see his mail blowing into the street.'
    Use inverted commas instead of brackets.

    Rover

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    #7

    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
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    He had the heart attack when collecting his mail from the box.

    M.
    There's a cultural problem here. It wouldn't be true to say 'In the USA, everyone has a box for mail on top of a short pole by their front gate, while in the UK everyone has a letter-box (in effect, a slit in the outside of the door connecting to a box or a cage, or nothing on the inside'. There are many many counter-examples on both sides of the pond.

    But I think it'd be safe to say that free-standing boxes in the street are a lot more common in America than in the UK, and that when someone reads

    'When I was five, I was playing outside. Neighbor's father had a heart attack, right in front of me. I remember the sound when his head hit pavement. I can still see his mail blowing into the street.'

    it makes more immediate sense to someone who is more accustomed to seeing free-standing mail-boxes.

    On the other hand, the man could have had the heart-attack in the vestibule of an apartment block, and the kid playing in the street wouldn't have seen a thing.

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    Re: his mail blowing into the street

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post

    On the other hand, the man could have had the heart-attack in the vestibule of an apartment block, and the kid playing in the street wouldn't have seen a thing.

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    Absolutely, BobK. People should choose well where to have their heart-attacks, so as not to traumatize children.

    No offence meant, I just simply couldn't resist it.

    M.

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