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    as it was.

    He said there would be quite enough hard work in towing sufficient food for Harris up against the stream, as it was.

    What does "as it was" mean?

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    Re: as it was.

    Source?

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    Re: as it was.

    I suspect Jerome K. Jerome was writing in a dialect in which the expression "as it were" comes out "as it was". The expression means "so to speak".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: as it was.

    Or it's talking about how the stream was (swollen and rapid?). Or there is some proposal to take more than just the sufficient food. It could mean lots of things.

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    #5

    Re: as it was.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
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    "Three Men In A Boat" you asked me not to read that novel because it was written in 1889. I stopped reading it. I am not following it as I used to do earlier. When you asked me not to read it I stopped. But I read it casually to know about the story. It is something that can be used in day to day life "was of the view" so I asked you about it.

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    #6

    Re: as it was.

    How much of that novel can you understand without outside help? I have the feeling that that novel may be too difficult for you. Perhaps you could try something easier like the Twilight books. I haven't read them but heard they are very easy to read.

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