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    #1

    nowhere to be seen

    My watch was nowhere to be seen.


    In don't understand this sentence.

    Could you put it in other words?

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    #2

    Re: nowhere to be seen

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    My watch was nowhere to be seen.


    In don't understand this sentence.

    Could you put it in other words?
    I can't find my watch.

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    #3

    Re: nowhere to be seen

    The nearest I can think of is :My watch can't be seen anywhere.

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    Re: nowhere to be seen

    I like Harry's version better -- but in the past tense:
    I couldn't find my watch (anywhere).

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    #5

    Re: nowhere to be seen

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    I like Harry's version better -- but in the past tense:
    I couldn't find my watch (anywhere).
    Hi, Philly!
    I agree with you. I just didn't pay attention to the tense form. "I couldn't find my watch anywhere" is better indeed.

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    #6

    Re: nowhere to be seen

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    I like Harry's version better -- but in the past tense:
    I couldn't find my watch (anywhere).
    Hello Philly, I chose that version thinking that perhaps the word which was difficult for Gary to understand was 'nowhere' in 'nowhere to be seen'.

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    #7

    Re: nowhere to be seen

    I thought that might have been the case, queenbu. That's why I also added your "anywhere" when I posted. But I think your interpretation would work better for something other than a watch.
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    For example: "When I looked up from my book, my toddler was suddenly nowhere to be seen." In this case, the interpretation could be that I couldn't see my child anywhere. (i.e. the expression would be used prior to an active search.)
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    In the case of a watch, I think the meaning is that the watch was definitely looked for in a variety of places and couldn't be found.

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