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    Smile that's a start

    Hello. Would you please tell me the meaning of "that's a start" in the context below?
    I understand a start is a first step in doing something. In this case, I think Dad used it in a negative way. (being sarcastic)
    Or does it just mean "it was the first meal of the day"?
    Thank you.

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    from Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
    (In the story, the writer's family has been living in a van. There's no money...)
    "Dad? I'm kind of hungry." I said.
    "Me too, buddy," he said. "Me too."
    "Almost forgot," my mom said, reaching into her tote bag.
    "I grabbed some of the bagels that the chef was about to throw out."
    She pulled out a white paper sack. "They're pretty stale, though. And they're pumpernickel."
    "Well, that's a start," said my dad. He stared out the window.
    "Okay. Let's get this show on the road. Guess I can't stall any longer."
    Last edited by frindle2; 02-Dec-2015 at 06:34.

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    Re: that's a start

    I don't think it's being used negatively. He simply means that it's a good beginning to their collection of food, even if it's all they've got.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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