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    Need Help With Understanding Movie Lines

    Hi, dear teachers:

    I'm watching the movie The Queen and some of the lines confuse me very much.


    (Robin Janvrin on phone to Tony Blair,talking about Queen Elizabeth II's refusal to attend the public funeral of Princess Dianna)
    She just won't have seen anything like this since the abdication.........
    ......
    Unexpectedly becoming King as good as killed her father.
    The usage of "won't have seen" makes no sense to me. I can not figure out what did the speaker want to express by this.

    And the last sentence makes even fewer sense to me. Have no idea what does it mean. Please explain it a bit, ok?

    BTW, just in case some of you havn't seen this movie, I think the "abdication" refers to the Edward VIII's abdication? and the last sentence was about her father George V? (you native speakers know more about this than me, I know:))

    Many thanks in advance:)
    Last edited by Hugo_Lin; 16-Aug-2011 at 16:28. Reason: buchong

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    Re: Need Help With Understanding Movie Lines

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    The usage of "won't have seen" makes no sense to me. I can not figure out what did the speaker wanted to express by this.

    She just won't have seen anything like this since the abdication.....
    'Will' can express the speaker's certainty about a present situation:

    1. Luke left an hour ago, so he will be home now. I am certain that he is home.

    'Will have' can express the speaker's certainty about a situation seen as having a present consequence (2), and about a past situation (3,4):

    2. Luke left an hour ago, so he will have arrived by now. I am certain that he has arrived.
    3. He was born in 1870, so he will have died years ago. I am certain that he died.
    4. She just won't have seen anything like this since the abdication. I am certain that she hasn't seen anything like this ...

    And the last sentence makes even fewer less sense to me. Have no idea what does it mean. Please explain it a bit, ok?

    Unexpectedly becoming King as good as killed her father.
    It virtually, effectively killed her father. Unexpectedly becoming king was the real cause of his death.

    George V was the father of Edward VIII and his brother, GeorgeVI. George VI was Elizabeth II's father.[/QUOTE]

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