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    is coming from

    Hi

    Many people in the world don't know where their next meal is coming from.

    Does it mean: have nothing to eat?

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    Re: is coming from

    IMO, it means that they have no idea where the food has been imported from.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: is coming from

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    IMO, it means that they have no idea where the food has been imported from.
    No, it doesn't. It means that they are uncertain when they will next eat and what it will be. It is a phrase indicating either they are too poor to ensure that they have all the meals that they need, or that food is scarce for some other reason.

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    Re: is coming from

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, it doesn't. It means that they are uncertain when they will next eat and what it will be. It is a phrase indicating either they are too poor to ensure that they have all the meals that they need, or that food is scarce for some other reason.
    again!

    PS: Sorry for giving you a misleading answer, GUEST2008
    Last edited by charliedeut; 02-Aug-2013 at 16:46. Reason: added PS
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: is coming from

    Some contexts here.

    If it had been "Many people in the world don't know when their next meal is coming.", it wouldn't have misled charlie or me.
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    #6

    Re: is coming from

    Hi charli,
    What do "IMO" and "PS" stand for?

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    Re: is coming from

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    again!

    PS: Sorry for giving you a misleading answer, GUEST2008
    This is where idiom bites you. Your answer was perfectly literal and quite possible. If it weren't for idiom.

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    Re: is coming from

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi charli,
    What do "IMO" and "PS" stand for?
    IMO = In My Opinion

    PS is a standard of letter writing. I means "Post Script", meaning it was added to the original message either as an aside or as an addition.

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    Re: is coming from

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi charli,
    What do "IMO" and "PS" stand for?
    In My Opinion
    Post-Script

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    Re: is coming from

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Some contexts here.

    If it had been "Many people in the world don't know when their next meal is coming.", it wouldn't have misled charlie or me.
    This is an oft repeated phase and can be literal in meaning. Who will provide the next meal? Where will the food and water come from? Consider the case of the people caught in the Katrina hurricane in Louisiana in 2005. The people in the impacted area seriously did not know if the city, the county, the state, the federal government, the Red Cross, or some other source would provide food and water.

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