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    #1

    The trek to an empty seat

    "I helped her negotiate the steps and then the trek to an empty seat."

    What does it mean by "the trek to an empty seat" ? I think it should have been as "and then moving to an empty seat."

    Trek: A journey by ox wagon (especially an organized migration by a group of settlers)

    Trek: Any long and difficult trip

    Source: Why Time Flies [An article in Reader's Digest]

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    Re: The trek to an empty seat

    You helped her negotiate the steps, and then (you helped her negotiate) the long and difficult path/way to an empty seat.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jan-2017 at 08:23. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: The trek to an empty seat

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You helped her negotiate the steps, and then (you helped her negotiate) the long and difficult path/way to an empty seat.
    How can there be "a long and difficult path/way" in a bus? Then trek means that.

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    Re: The trek to an empty seat

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    How can there be "a long and difficult path/way" in a bus? Then trek means that.
    If the subject of the sentence needed help getting up the steps onto a bus, one can easily imagine that a walk down the bus's aisle is long and difficult for her.
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    Re: The trek to an empty seat

    Simplify! Say:

    I helped her get up the steps, then I helped her get to her seat.

    (Even if the person has trouble walking it is only going to take a minute. So no "trek" here.)

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    Re: The trek to an empty seat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
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    (Even if the person has trouble walking it is only going to take a minute. So no "trek" here.)
    I am getting to the age when negotiating my way to an empty seat in a crowded Prague tram is a trek.

    ps. That was not meant facetiously.

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    Re: The trek to an empty seat

    It's also possible that the author was using 'trek' as a bit of hyperbole to emphasize how difficult it was for the woman and the significance of his assistance to her.
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