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    Hello, what's this sentence mean? It's phone conversation between two men...

    'I could almost hear the changing of gears.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    Hello, what's this sentence mean? It's phone conversation between two men...

    'I could almost hear the changing of gears.'
    I think we need more of the surrounding conversation, particularly to determine if the term, "changing etc." is figurative or literal.

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    Ok, he's talking with a police. Is this clear now or should I tell more about the part?


    “Maybe I got time off for good behaviour. Anyway, I was luckier than her, wasn’t I?” I enjoyed the pause that followed. I could almost hear the changing of gears.

    “Oh, yeah. Sorry about that. We had to see how much you knew, or remembered.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    Ok, he's talking with a police. Is this clear now or should I tell more about the part?


    “Maybe I got time off for good behaviour. Anyway, I was luckier than her, wasn’t I?” I enjoyed the pause that followed. I could almost hear the changing of gears.

    “Oh, yeah. Sorry about that. We had to see how much you knew, or remembered.'
    First, its not a common expression in the context provided. Second, "changing of gears" can refer to a mechanical action in, for example, an automobile that shifts from one gear to another as in forward to reverse. So, my guess is that the use in your post is a reference to the suspect's or prisoner's change (or shift) in his story or attitude.

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    So can I translate the meaning as 'I can feel that he'll act different' or 'I can see that he'll change his attitude' ? Did I understand you right? I'm not native speaker so trying translating a text to Turkish. If I have the right meaning it'll be ok for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    So can I translate the meaning as 'I can feel that he'll act different' or 'I can see that he'll change his attitude' ? Did I understand you right? I'm not native speaker so trying translating a text to Turkish. If I have the right meaning it'll be ok for me.
    Yes, that would be my understanding.

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    Thank you very much :)

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