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    Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    Dear Sir/Ma'am
    Would you kindly explain the meaning of the sentence below ?
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    Oh, to be in England now that April's there!
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    I am looking forward to your kind answers.
    Last edited by sariputra; 24-Feb-2007 at 10:34.

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    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    April welcomes spring, a season of the year. England is beautiful in the spring.


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    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    Thank you,Mr.Casiopea, for your answer. However, it would be more helpful for me to understand the exact meaning of the sentence, if you could explain the meanings & usages of the infinitive phrase(to be in England) and conjunctional form (now that) in the sentence.
    Last edited by sariputra; 25-Feb-2007 at 03:21.


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    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    Dear Sir/Ma'am

    Would you kindly transfer the infinitival phrase in the sentence below into any kind of clause ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
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    Oh, to be in England now that April's there!
    ***********************************
    I am looking forward to your kind reply.


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    #5

    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    I wish [I was]/[to be] in England now that it is April.

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    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    You might like to know that the example sentence sounds a bit more poetic than most English speakers would use in everyday speech.

    You could look at it as:
    "Oh, (I would like) to be in England now that April's there!"

    It is similar to how one might say something like "Candy!" in delight, and it is understood to mean "(I like) candy!" or "(I want) candy!" because the enthusiasm is implied in the tone. [Though depending on circumstance, yelling out loud like that would probably seem rude.]

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    #7

    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    Dear Sir/Ma'am
    Would you kindly explain the meaning of the sentence below ?
    ***********************************
    Oh, to be in England now that April's there!
    ***********************************
    I am looking forward to your kind answers.

    Oh, how I wish I could be in England, now that April's there!
    Last edited by queenbu; 09-Mar-2007 at 16:15.


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    Re: Please explain the meaning of this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Oh, how I wish I could be in England, now that April's here'
    I would like to thank all of you, Casiopea, Anglika, blackbyrus, queenbu for your kind & elaborate replies. Owing to your explanations, I am sure that I have understood the exact meaning of the sentence.

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