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    A lady tells a certain man that she met her neighbour this morning. The man was surprised and told her that that neighbour (Mrs Tina) is a very talkative person and if somebody comes to her house she does everything to keep that person at her place as long as she can.

    He says to her: I wonder, having met you, that she hasnít installed you in her spare room.

    I'm not sure I understand this sentence.
    Is he saying: Since I met you I understand that she hasn't told you to move into her spare room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    A lady tells a certain man that she met her neighbour this morning. The man was surprised and told her that that neighbour (Mrs Tina) is a very talkative person and if somebody comes to her house she does everything to keep that person at her place as long as she can.

    He says to her: I wonder, having met you, that she hasn’t installed you in her spare room.

    I'm not sure I understand this sentence.
    Is he saying: Since I met you I understand that she hasn't told you to move into her spare room.
    Not a teacher only a native.

    From the context, I would say that the man is surprised that Mrs. Tina let the lady get away so easily, due to Mrs Tina having a reputation for being talkative. The man was commenting on Mrs. Tina's reputation of keeping people talking and not letting them leave.

    If you 'install' something, you put something in place (much like you 'install' a computer programme'). I would also say that the man probably said this in a joking manner.

    I hope this clears it up, if not please say so and I will try and explain it better.

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    Re: installed somebody ...

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    Actually I was trying to paraphrase these words.
    Was my paraphrasing bad?

    Since I met you I understand that she hasn't told you to move into her spare room

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Actually I was trying to paraphrase these words.
    Was my paraphrasing bad?

    Since I met you I understand that she hasn't told you to move into her spare room
    Not a teacher only a native.

    It might just be me, but your paraphrasing doesn't quite fit with the context of the conversation, in my opinion.

    The man could be saying: I'm surprised, having met you, that the woman (Mrs. Tina) hasn't asked you to move in!

    Again, this would probably be said jokingly.

    Like I said at the beginning, I'm not a teacher only a native, maybe someone with more experience will help out.

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    Re: installed somebody ...

    Ok. But does the phrase "having met you" refers to the man or to the woman?

    I'm surprised that she met you and hasn't asked you to move in

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    Re: installed somebody ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Ok. But does the phrase "having met you" refers to the man or to the woman?

    I'm surprised that she met you and hasn't asked you to move in
    That's ambiguous, more context would probably make it clear.

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