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  1. Instrukcija4's Avatar
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    happen to weigh within fifteen pounds

    Hello, may you help me? I've put a great effort to identify the meaning of the bold part, but I couldn't. I have also written the preceding sentence.

    It was all I could do not to get in her face and defend myself - as though that would prove anything.
    As a matter of fact, I happen to weigh within fifteen pounds of what I did at twenty-five, and damn it all, I take care of myself.


    ​Thank you.

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    Re: happen to weigh within fifteen pounds

    Has someone said she has let herself get fat before that? In the US, we measure weight in pounds. She says that she weighs no more than 15 pounds more than what she weighed when she was 25 years old.
    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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    Re: happen to weigh within fifteen pounds

    Yes, it's my mistake - I haven't written the following sentence where she tells that it is her ex-husband who suffers from middle-age spread, but she - not at all.

    Thanks.

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    Re: happen to weigh within fifteen pounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Instrukcija4 View Post
    Hello, may you help me?
    'May' is not appropriate here. We'd say can, could, will or would.

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