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    it perhaps was a mistake from him opening his mouth - meaning

    Hello everybody!

    It's one thing if he was still talking and it perhaps was a mistake from him opening his mouth.

    The author probably works as a shop assistant and tell us that she had the misfortune to breathe in foul air from the customer, who blew cigarette smoke right in her face.

    The fragment is taken from the online entry/title "So a customer blew cigarette smoke in my face than got insulted when I told him not to".
    The way I understand the bolded fragment is that the author of the article assumed/thought that she had been given a portion of poisonous air into her face by the customer because he had been opening his mouth and directing a jet of foul air at her at the same time.

    Do I understand it correctly?

    Thank you.

    In my opinion, it should have been written "So a customer blew cigarette smoke in my face then got insulted when I told him not to".
    Last edited by JACEK1; 20-Nov-2016 at 15:54.

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    Re: it perhaps was a mistake from him opening his mouth - meaning

    I think you are making things too complicated. Just say the man carelessly blew cigarette smoke in her face.

    Yes, it should be "then" instead of "than".

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    Re: it perhaps was a mistake from him opening his mouth - meaning

    The first sentence does not make any sense.

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