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    we went a goodish way

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    We went a goodish way, and then we came across a man and asked him to direct us to a few hotels. (Jerome K. Jerome, “Three Men in a Boat”)

    we went a goodish way = we walked quite far

    Last edited by vil; 04-Aug-2011 at 09:14.

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    Re: we went a goodish way

    it's a pretty common expression, especially in the 19th century

    we should bring it back

    same with "a-verbing", you use to see that everywhere in 18th century literature. angry? go 'a-frowning' somewhere. drunk? get 'a-fainting', pronto.

    i miss the old days


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