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    meaning of the sentences

    1 A You've never been there, have you?
    B Actually, I have. I went last year.
    A So that was a situation at the end of the year.
    B Sorry, could you just run through the figures for the last quater again?
    A So what do you think?
    B Well, I can't say I'm totally enthusiastic about the idea.
    A They didn't ask a single question after my presentation.
    B No, they didn't, surprisingly I wonder why.
    A I thought he handled the negotiation very well.
    B Yes, it's obviously not the first time he's done something like that.

    2 More worrying still is that it's only a month away.

    1 How do you think if they didn't ask a single question does it mean that this presentation was sucessful or not?
    2 It means that only one month left or one month has already passed?

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    Re: meaning of the sentences

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    No, they didn't. I wonder why.

    1. Did they just not say anything? Or did they just not ask any questions? I don't know enough to know if the presentation was successful, but there is some doubt.

    2. "Only a month away" means there is just one month to go. Just one month left.

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    #3

    Re: meaning of the sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
    No, they didn't, surprisingly I wonder why.
    If you want to use 'surprisingly' you should place it in front of 'they didn't'. As it stands it means that what is surprising is your wondering why.
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    #4

    Re: meaning of the sentences

    This dialogue is taken from "Business Result" (Oxford), that's why I can't change the word order.

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    Re: meaning of the sentences

    Perhaps you (or Oxford's editor) missed a period (full stop) in No, they didn't, surprisingly. I wonder why.
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    Re: meaning of the sentences

    Note that I l left "surprisingly" out of my suggestion. The surprise is implied.

    (When I posted that I did not, of course, know where the dialogue came from, but knowing the source makes the goof more surprising.)

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