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    You're eating chicken when you get up a second

    Hello everybody!

    It can happen at any time. You're eating chicken when you get up a second and come back to find Rover gulping down the remains of your dinner. Or maybe you find your dog scavenging the trash bin in search of some delicacy.

    Does "you get up a second" mean "you stand up/arise from the table for a second"?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: You're eating chicken when you get up a second

    Yes, it does.

    (Note: It wasn't me who scoffed your chicken.)

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    #3

    Re: You're eating chicken when you get up a second

    We'd write "when you get up for a second" in AmE.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: You're eating chicken when you get up a second

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We'd write "when you get up for a second" in AmE.
    Same in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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