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    wait for the party ahead of theirs

    "...for this was a place where people came to stand about and wait for the funeral party ahead of theirs to clear the building"."

    I am reading this and can't understand this part " wait for the party ahead of theirs.."
    What are "theirs"? Just can't understand the sentence.
    Could you please help and maybe re-phrase it for me to understand?

    Thank you.

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    Re: wait for the party ahead

    There was another funeral party ahead of their funeral party. They had to wait for the first funeral party to leave the building before their own funeral party could enter the building. "Theirs" = the funeral party of the people mentioned in the first part.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: wait for the party ahead

    '...wait for the funeral party before their funeral party ...'

    (Note: party = group of mourners)

    Always tell us the source of any text you quote, please.

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    #4

    Re: wait for the party ahead

    Oh, of course! Thank you very much. Just got stuck and couldn't understand. Many thanks.

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    #5

    Re: wait for the party ahead

    Amsterdam, Ian McEwan.

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