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  1. P. Fogg
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    It kept on crashing for me!

    What is the meaning of the sentence "It kept on crashing for me!"?

    Thank you in advance and best regards,

    P. Fogg

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    I presume it means that the computer kept crashing (when it stops working). Without more context, I assume it's a computer as they are the most common things that can keep on crashing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I presume it means that the computer kept crashing (when it stops working). Without more context, I assume it's a computer as they are the most common things that can keep on crashing.
    Hopefully, it wasn't a car. :wink:

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    Re: It kept on crashing for me!

    Quote Originally Posted by P. Fogg
    What is the meaning of the sentence "It kept on crashing for me!"?

    Thank you in advance and best regards,

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    "For me" specifies that it was crashing on your behalf; since that is unlikely, the more appropriate sentence would be:
    "It kept crashing on me!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I presume it means that the computer kept crashing (when it stops working). Without more context, I assume it's a computer as they are the most common things that can keep on crashing.
    Hopefully, it wasn't a car. :wink:
    No, it wasn´t a car. It was a computer.

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    Thanks for your answers.

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    You're welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P. Fogg
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I presume it means that the computer kept crashing (when it stops working). Without more context, I assume it's a computer as they are the most common things that can keep on crashing.
    Hopefully, it wasn't a car. :wink:
    No, it wasn´t a car. It was a computer.

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    Thanks for your answers.

    P. Fogg
    You're welcome.

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    Re: It kept on crashing for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by P. Fogg
    What is the meaning of the sentence "It kept on crashing for me!"?

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    "For me" specifies that it was crashing on your behalf; since that is unlikely, the more appropriate sentence would be:
    "It kept crashing on me!"
    That reading of "for" is certainly possible. It is also possible to read that "for me" as "when I was using it" (as opposed to when someone else was using it"). :wink:

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    People often feel that a computer has a grudge against them as an individual and reserve crashes especially for them. It's a kind of anthropomorphism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    People often feel that a computer has a grudge against them as an individual and reserve crashes especially for them. It's a kind of anthropomorphism.
    With some folks, it does seem to be true. :?

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