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    #1

    Smile We were as ready as we were gonna be.

    Hello. Would you please tell me what the underlined sentence mean?
    Does that mean "We were always ready to climb?"
    Thank you.

    ---------from the children's novel, Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
    (The speaker, a 9-year-boy is going to climb Mt. Rainier alone with his pet dog in a terrible storm.)

    Beau(pet dog) and I shared some bananas and jerky and trail mix.
    I unwrapped a Snickers to eat while I walked, and stood up.
    We were as ready as we were gonna be.
    The trail led right out of the back of the visitor center, right out of the parking lot.

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    #2

    Re: We were as ready as we were gonna be.

    No. Delete 'always'.

    'Our preparations were complete.'

    'We were good to go.' (AE)

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    Re: We were as ready as we were gonna be.

    To me it means, "No matter what else we did, we would not become more ready. We were never going to be more ready than now. Nothing could increase our state of readiness."
    Is it possible that they could become more ready? No. They were as ready as they were ever going to be.
    The conclusion is that there is no point waiting any further.

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