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    This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden

    Hello everybody!

    Does "This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden" mean:

    This is the thing that is the closest to my heart and I am going to have an opportinity/be allowed to do this thing (working in the garden?).

    What do you think?

    I suspect the whole sentence could have sounded like this:

    "This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to, working in the garden".

    What is your opinion?

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    Re: This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden

    No.

    "The closest I'm going to get to ..." means that you are doing something which is a little bit similar to, but not actually, doing something else. Sometimes, it's not even similar.

    Driving to France to watch a lunar eclipse is the closest I'm going to get to space travel.
    Visiting a garden centre is the closest I'm going to get to gardening.
    Telling someone else to take paracetamol for a headache is the closest I'm going to get to being a doctor!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden

    So, in simple language, it could mean "This is the work that is the most similar to working in the garden".

    Do you agree?

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    Re: This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden

    It doesn't have to be "This is the work". The speaker could simply be reading a book about flowers. That's not work but it might be the closest they're going to get to working in the garden. The phrase frequently has a slight amusing or sarcastic suggestion.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden

    I would like to ask a similar question in a new thread.

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    Re: This is the closest thing I'm ever gonna get to working in the garden

    Go on then!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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