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    #1

    "Next they'll stop us breathing!" - meaning of sentence and form of "disgusting"

    Hello.

    Eric Rams, an employee smoking outside his bank branch on Oxford Street, was initially outraged.
    "Next they'll stop us breathing!" before conceding that it was "disgusting" for non-smokers to have to walk through a haze of smoke to get into a building.

    The way I understand it is as follows:
    "Next time they catch us smoking, they'll prohibit us from breathing!" then he admitted that he found it disgusting for non-smokers to have to walk through a haze of smoke to get into a building or he found it disgusting when/that non-smokers have to walk through a haze of smoke to get into a building

    Your opinion would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: "Next they'll stop us breathing!" - meaning of sentence and form of "disgusting"

    It's not about catching them smoking, just the incremental restrictions on smoking. Smoking restrictions keep getting more and more stringent. The smoker here is just expressing his exasperation with an exaggeration.

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    #3

    Re: "Next they'll stop us breathing!" - meaning of sentence and form of "disgusting"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    his exasperation with an exaggeration.
    Please don't use those two words almost next to each other. You are hurting my eyes.

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    #4

    Re: "Next they'll stop us breathing!" - meaning of sentence and form of "disgusting"

    Try reading SDs posts with your eyes closed. I guarantee that your eyes will not be hurt.

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