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    To interrupt somebody

    "She began to explain but I interrupted her."

    Hi, I would like to ask you at what situations the above sentence would appear? The sentence seems to me somehow confusing and seems to me incomplete. Would you like to expand it in way such that the situation becomes more clear.

    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

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    Re: To interrupt somebody

    Just what is confusing? I know from another thread of yours that you have the dictionary definitions of 'interrupt'. I interrupted her (broke into what she was saying, by saying something myself) as she started her explanation.

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    #3

    Re: To interrupt somebody

    Often "explain" has an object -- the context that came before this would tell us what she was explaining.
    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: To interrupt somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Just what is confusing? I know from another thread of yours that you have the dictionary definitions of 'interrupt'. I interrupted her (broke into what she was saying, by saying something myself) as she started her explanation.
    Is she interrupted deliberately or not? This is confusing. Why would a person be interrupted when they speak?

    Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: To interrupt somebody

    In the original sentence, the interruption is deliberate.

    People are frequently interrupted when they speak. It's sometimes the only way to stop people without a break.

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    Re: To interrupt somebody

    Interruptions aren't always done deliberately. Sometimes people just start talking without considering whether the other person has finished what they were saying. However, sometimes people interrupt because they don't like what the other person is saying or because they disagree with it. Are you suggesting that no one ever interrupts anyone else where you live?

    (Cross-posted with Piscean.)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Jul-2016 at 09:05. Reason: Added missing word. Thanks, Piscean.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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