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    Post that came later mean

    In this sentence what does 'that came later' mean?

    I was almost hit by the first taxi that came by.What was I
    doing standing in the street? I got back on dry land and
    waved at another car. It wasnt a taxi, but the driver waved
    back.The only disaster I escaped was walking into melting
    chewing gum.That came later. Id forgotten all about the
    sound of the wind whistling down this canyon of highrise
    hospitals and head offices

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    #2

    Re: that came later mean

    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    In this sentence what does 'that came later' mean?

    I was almost hit by the first taxi that came by.What was I
    doing standing in the street? I got back on dry land and
    waved at another car. It wasnt a taxi, but the driver waved
    back.The only disaster I escaped was walking into melting
    chewing gum.That came later. Id forgotten all about the
    sound of the wind whistling down this canyon of highrise
    hospitals and head offices
    The speaker walked into melting chewing gum later.

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    Re: that came later mean

    But in this sentence "The only disaster I escaped was walking into melting
    chewing gum" isn't he talking about that he escaped from being melted? Did I understand right?

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    Re: that came later mean

    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    But in this sentence "The only disaster I escaped was walking into melting
    chewing gum" isn't he talking about that he escaped from being melted? Did I understand right?
    No, he escaped walking into melting chewing gum, not melting into it.

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    Re: that came later mean

    Oh that means he escaped from being a melted chewing gum by a taxi but couldn't escape from being melted by sun? This is a complex sentence for me :(

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    Re: that came later mean

    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    Oh that means he escaped from being a melted chewing gum by a taxi but couldn't escape from being melted by sun? This is a complex sentence for me :(
    No. He escaped, at that time, from walking into chewing gum that was melting. However, he did later walk into such goo. 'That came later' could also be expressed as:

    That was to come later
    That would happen later.
    I did that later.

    bhaisahab explained that the chewing gum was melting, not the speaker.

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    Ah ok, my mistake is that I was understanding gum as a metaphor. Ok, thank you very much :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinem View Post
    Ah ok, my mistake is that I was understanding gum as a metaphor. Ok, thank you very much :)
    You've got it. He really did step in that horrible goo - later.

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    :)) Thanks!!

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