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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    It took almost 3 years

    It took almost 3 years, the absence of the Israeli former Foreign Minister, and a presidential visit from the American leader to resolve difference between Israel and Turkey.

    I'm trying to translate the sentence above but the problem is I don't quite understand what it means.
    Could you throw some light on its vague meaning?

    Update!

    My girlfriend managed to explain the meaning to me .
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 21-Feb-2016 at 11:47. Reason: already answered
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: It took almost 3 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    o resolve difference
    difference​s

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    #3

    Re: It took almost 3 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    My girlfriend managed to explain the meaning to me.
    Please congratulate her on our behalf.

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    #4

    Re: It took almost 3 years

    I don't understand it. Does it mean 'After almost three years, when the Israeli former Foreign Minister was absent, the American leader made a presidential visit to resolve differences between Israel and Turkey'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: It took almost 3 years

    No, Matthew.
    It means resolving the differences between Israel and Turkey required all of:
    1- Three years.
    2- The absence of the former Israeli foreign minister.
    3- A visit by the American president.

    I would correct the following in the original:
    "Israeli former Foreign Minister" ----> "former Israeli foreign minister"
    "presidential visit from" ----> "presidential visit by"

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    #6

    Re: It took almost 3 years

    'It took' = 'It needed'.
    It needed conditions 1, 2, and 3 to do something.

    Is that correct?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: It took almost 3 years

    Yes, that's right.

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