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    all those elements

    Hey there,

    I don't understand the underlined part of the following context, could anyone help me out?

    Thank you very much.

    "My mom used to sleep through the night, but now, she wakes up around two in the morning, as if to
    get a head start on all those elements"

    What do those elements mean? Do they mean the Universe?

    Thank you.

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    Re: all those elements

    Quote Originally Posted by IQU3838 View Post
    Hey there,

    I don't understand the underlined part of the following context, could anyone help me out?

    Thank you very much.

    "My mom used to sleep through the night, but now, she wakes up around two in the morning, as if to
    get a head start on all those elements"

    What do those elements mean? Do they mean the Universe?

    Thank you.
    Do you have any more context?

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    Re: all those elements

    The meaning of 'all those elements' should be obvious from the previous sentence, which you haven't quoted.

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    #4

    Re: all those elements

    This must have been written by Marie Curie's child.

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    those elements

    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me what the underlined part means in the following context?

    Thank you very much. (I have posted this questions several hours ago, but not providing enough context, now I post it again.)

    "Once upon a time, my mother used to sleep through the
    Night. So did I. Like so much else, our sleeping patterns were
    almost identical. We flung ourselves across our beds, sleeping
    through storms and hurricanes and car alarms and darkness,
    and waking up to a trail of sunlight filtering in, with the world
    still on its axis, still turning, the way we’d left it. She hasn’t
    slept like that in seven months.

    Now, she wakes up around two in the morning, as if to
    get a head start on all those elements." Or maybe she’s figured
    out that the world tilts slightly when we sleep, and she gets up
    to watch it and try to pull it back in place."

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    Re: those elements

    I merged your two threads. There is no need to start a new thread on the same topic. Just reply to the one you started originally with the additional context.
    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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