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    Smile taken a bit of persuading

    Mrs.O'Neill had taken a bit of persuading. So had Mum. But last night, the two of them had had a chat on their own and agreed that a trial visit from the DIB(dog in black) was worth a go. And that trial visit was happening TODAY!)


    The line in bold is a bit of Greek to me--Does it mean that Mrs. O'Neill and Mum had persuaded each other a bit? Or what else?

    Is it possible to replace on their own with with no other people around
    and by themselves?

    THANKs.


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    #2

    Re: taken a bit of persuading

    Both are ok and convey the same meaning.


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    Re: taken a bit of persuading

    Thanks for the confirmation, Anglika, but I'm still not sure the peruading part.

    Are you sure it's the same as what I rephrase?


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    Re: taken a bit of persuading

    Sorry - the persuading bit. No, I think the narrator has been doing the persuading. She has persuaded each separately, and they (Mum and Mrs. O'Neill) are now discussing it together.


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    Smile Re: taken a bit of persuading

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Sorry - the persuading bit. No, I think the narrator has been doing the persuading. She has persuaded each separately, and they (Mum and Mrs. O'Neill) are now discussing it together.
    Yes, this is what I first thoght, but I wasn't so sure.
    Thanks, Anglika, for the clarification.
    No more clouds are hovering above me now.

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    #6

    Re: taken a bit of persuading

    Quote Originally Posted by piousoul View Post
    Mrs.O'Neill had taken a bit of persuading. So had Mum. But last night, the two of them had had a chat on their own and agreed that a trial visit from the DIB(dog in black) was worth a go. And that trial visit was happening TODAY!)
    ...
    She had persuaded them separately as Anglika says - but with a certain amount of difficulty. He took a bit of persuading, but I convinced him in the end.

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