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    alive

    My husband and I were so sorry to hear of your accident last week. People everywhere are also giving you best wishes every day and we are among those who are keeping you alive.

    What does the underlined sentence mean? I thought only doctors are keeping a patient alive.

    Thanks!

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    Re: alive

    Where did you read this, Jason?

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    Re: alive

    If they're not doctors, then it doesn't really work for me. It could be someone a bit pretentious who wants to over-rate their support, though.

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    Re: alive

    I'd still like to know where Jason read this.

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    Re: alive

    Thanks for your help! This is from an exercise book about the American actor Reeve Christopher.

    " On May 27, 1995, our life was suddenly changed. It happened a few minutes past three, when my husband, Chris, fell from his horse as it jumped over a fence. Chris was paralyzed from the chest down, unable to breathe normally. As he was thrown from his horse, we entered into a life of convenience with lots of unexpected challenges . We went from the "haves" to the “have-nots". Or so we thought.
    Yet what we discovered later were all the gifts that came out of sharing difficulties. We came to learn that something wonderful could happen in a disaster. All over the world people cared for Chris so much that letters and postcards poured in every day. By the end of the third week in a medical center in Virginia, about 35,000 pieces of mail had been received and sorted.





    As a family , we opened letter after letter. They gave us comfort and became a(n) source of strength for us. We used them to encourage ourselves. I would go to the pile of letters marked with " funny " if we needed a laugh, or to the "Disabled" box to find advice from people in wheelchairs or even in bed living happily.
    These letters , we realized, had to be shared. And so here we offer one of them to you.
    Dear Chris,
    My husband and I were so sorry to hear of your accident last week. People everywhere are also giving you best wishes every day and we are among those who are keeping you 1 .


    Yours Nancy Reagan"
    A. close B. alive

    The answer is "alive". I cannot quite understand it.

    Plus: The underlined part "a life of convenience" is also where I am confused. I think, in Reeve's case, it should be a life of inconvenience with unexpected challenges.

    Thanks again!

    Jason

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    #6

    Re: alive

    "Keeping you alive" is clearly a strange choice.

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    #7

    Re: alive

    Yes, it is, and so is 'keeping you close'.

    'Inconvenience' also makes better sense.

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    Re: alive

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    the American actor, Christopher Reeve. Christopher.
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    Re: alive

    'Alive' is a strange choice, but that is why Reeve and his wife kept the letter - it made them laugh.

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    I would go to the pile of letters marked with " funny " if we needed a laugh, [...]
    These letters , we realized, had to be shared. And so here we offer one of them to you.
    The fact that it was from Ronald Reagan's wife probably added to their amusement.

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