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    What does it mean2?

    Dear teachers!
    What does this sentence mean?
    - It' s not a given, it's a gift.
    Best regards!

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    Re: What does it mean2?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Dear teachers!
    What does this sentence mean?
    - It' s not a given, it's a gift.
    Best regards!
    Could you tell us at least what "it" is, or why the hearer thinks it's a given, or ... well, you should know the drill about context by now.

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    Re: What does it mean2?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Could you tell us at least what "it" is, or why the hearer thinks it's a given, or ... well, you should know the drill about context by now.
    Thank Mr.Raymott!
    It's not my question but it is on another forum and I find it odd.

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    Re: What does it mean2?

    As your question is about It's not a given, it's a gift, that would have been a better thread title.

    Rover

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    Re: What does it mean2?

    "A given" is something that is sure, certain, taken for granted.

    Perhaps the meaning is "Don't take this for granted. You can't assume you would have it. It was a gift, not an obligation, and you shouldn't have had any expectation about receiving it."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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