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    He was met by his brother on his return from Italy.

    Do the sentences below mean the same? I don't quite understand the first sentence (I've found it in Oxford Dictionary), the second one I've created by myself - I'm not sure it is correct?

    1. He was met by his brother on his return from Italy. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...glish/return_2

    2. He met his brother when he was returning from Italy. (or He met his brother when he returned from Italy.)

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    Re: He was met by his brother on his return from Italy.

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    1. He was met by his brother on his return from Italy.
    This one suggests that the speaker's brother went to the airport/station to meet him when he (the speaker) returned from Italy. If you are met by someone, they normally go to your place of arrival in order to welcome you.

    2. He met his brother when he was returning from Italy. (or He met his brother when he returned from Italy.)
    These two suggest that the speaker met his brother when he (the brother) returned/was returning from Italy. However, they could also mean that the meeting took place when the speaker returned/was returning from Italy.

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    Re: He was met by his brother on his return from Italy.

    "....on his return from Italy" <- Does "his" refer to "He" or "his brother"?

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    Re: He was met by his brother on his return from Italy.

    He.
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