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    What does the following sentence mean?

    Hello, teachers.

    I've come across the following passage:

    It isn't that there are no people with an active sense of humour in America, it's just that there are fewer of them. When you meet one it's like I imagine it must be when two Masons recognize each other across a crowded room.

    Does the first sentence mean the following?

    1. It isn't that there are no people with an active sense of humour in America, but it's just that there are fewer of them.

    In addition, does the second sentence mean the following?

    2. When you meet one, it's like [I imagine that it must be when ....].
    Or
    3. When you meet one,[I imagine that it must bethat] it's like when .... .
    (or When you meet one, it's like, I imagine it must be, when ...)


    The answer key says that the part "I imagine it must be" in #3 is just inserted between "like" and "when"; "when-caluse" is the object of "like." I'm confused with this explanation...

    Would you help me with these?
    I'd appreciate it if you'd give me the meaning of the second sentence.


    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.

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    Re: What does the following sentence mean?

    1. Yes, you can think of it that way if it helps - though it's not necessary.
    "It's not A; it's B". There should be a semicolon, not a comma.

    "When you meet one it's like I imagine it must be [like] when two Masons recognize each other across a crowded room."
    [I imagine it must be like] when two Masons recognise each other.
    Two Americans with an active sense of humour meeting must be like (I imagine) two Masons recognising each other.



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    Re: What does the following sentence mean?

    Thank you very much for the instruction, Raymott!
    Now I understand the meanings of the sentences.

    Thanks, again!
    yam.

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    Re: What does the following sentence mean?

    Point of information from a Mason:

    We can no more recognise each other across a crowded room than two dentists, Francophiles, vegans, hypochondriacs or philatelists can.

    I wouldn't want anybody to think Masonry confers extra-sensory perception on its members.

    Rover
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    Re: What does the following sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Masonry does not confer extra-sensory perception on its members.
    You clearly haven't reached the 34th degree yet.

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