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    Lightbulb Please help : prepare the loved ones

    Please help to understand the following sentence.

    "Well, if the bodies are gonna start arriving then I have to prepare the loved ones."

    The situation is; human bodies are found, and a doctor says so.
    But I cannot interpret "the loved ones", which means bodies or their families.
    And why is it using "prepare sb", not "prepare for sb"?

    I greatly appreciate if you can give me the answer ASAP.
    Thank you for your help!!

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    Re: Please help : prepare the loved ones

    The 'loved ones' means the family and friends.
    The loved ones have to be prepared for the arrival of the bodies. Preparing them would include warning them that it won't be a pleasant sight, etc.

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    Re: Please help : prepare the loved ones

    Dear Raymott-san,

    Thank you very very much for your kind explanation.
    Now I completely understand why she uses "prepare".
    Sorry for my poor English writing.

    Thank you so much, again.
    Have a good day!!

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    Re: Please help : prepare the loved ones

    Welcome back after your four-and-a-half year break, hash.

    During your absence we have installed 'Thank' and 'Like' buttons, as you have already noticed. There is therefore no longer a need for you to write a special missive of acknowledgment.

    Incidentally, whilst it's not a big deal, we don't welcome requests for answers 'ASAP'. Some of us find it irritating and make you wait longer for a reply. We also wonder what the hurry is — in some cases it's an imminent homework deadline (though I don't think this applies to you).

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