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    Talking How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    I about spilled the trash all over the porch.
    “What are you still doing here?” I asked her.
    “I…I don't know. I was just … thinking.”
    “About what?” I was desperate. I needed a distraction. Some way around her with this garbage before she noticed what was sitting right there on top.
    Above is a piece of text from the novel named Flipped that wrote by Wendelin Van Draanen. What confuses me is, What does
    Some way around her with this garbage
    mean.Could anybody explain to me or give me sentences with the same meaning?


    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yummi Cc View Post
    Below is a piece of text from the novel named Flipped that wrote by Wendelin Van Draanen. What confuses me is, What does this mean?:

    I about spilled the trash all over the porch.

    Here, about means almost: I almost spilled the trash.


    “What are you still doing here?” I asked her.

    I want to know why she has not left.


    “I…I don't know. I was just … thinking.”

    She can't explain why she is still there.


    “About what?” I was desperate. I needed a distraction.

    I want something to take her attention away from the trash.


    Some way around her with this garbage before she noticed what was sitting right there on top.

    I don't want her to see what is in the trash.


    Some way around her with this garbage

    I want to carry the trash around her.


    Could anybody explain it to me or give me sentences with the same meaning?

    Thanks
    in advance!
    You're welcome!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    Thanks!
    I understand the meaning of the whole sentence now, but I don't understand the following part,Is this an idiom?
    Some way around her with sth.

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    Re: How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    I don't understand it either. It's not an idiom in the American English I speak.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    It's meant literally. He wanted to get around her with the trash he was carrying.

    Charlie explained that quite well.
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    Re: How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    It's meant literally. He wanted to get around her with the trash he was carrying.

    Charlie explained that quite well.
    BTW, I think this sentence omits the subject and predicate. Is the complete sentence like this?

    I needed/wanted to find some way around her with this garbage before she noticed what was sitting right there on top.

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    Re: How to understand this piece of text 'Some way around her with'?

    I think that's right.
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