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    #1

    It was a sizeable establishment and did well.

    Among Jack Harvey's interests was a funeral business in Whitechapel. It was a sizeable establishment and did well, for, as he liked to joke, the dead were always with us.

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    1) It is confounding to understand the meaning of "establishment" used here? Is it a firm?

    2) What does "did well" mean here? Does it mean it is a thriving establishment?

    3) I do not understand how "for" is used here?

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    #2

    Re: A confusing sentence.

    1) Yes.

    2) Yes.

    3) It means 'because'.

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    #3

    Re: A confusing sentence.

    Why it is not the deads instead of the dead?

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    #4

    Re: A confusing sentence.

    When we use an adjective to create a noun, it stays in the adjective form. We don't add an S.

    Dead people: The dead
    Homeless people: The homeless
    Rich people: The rich
    Send me your tired and poor people: Give your tired, your poor..
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A confusing sentence.

    "It was a sizeable establishment and did well"

    Can we find another phrase instead of "did well" here?

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    #6

    Re: A confusing sentence.

    ​prospered

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    #7

    Re: A confusing sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "It was a sizeable establishment and did well"

    Can we find another phrase instead of "did well" here?

    Thank you.
    did well - thrived/ flourished/was successful
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    It was a sizeable, thriving establishment.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: A confusing sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    ​prospered
    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    did well - thrived/ flourished/was successful
    or
    It was a sizeable, thriving establishment.
    "Prospered" and "was successful" would retain the subclause but "thriving establishment" would not.

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    Re: A confusing sentence.

    Can we use "it was a big establishment" instead of "it was a sizeable establishment." ?

    Thank you.

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