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    please rephrase the sentence

    I sat on my suitcase as the Swiss train carried me to a meeting I'd dreamed of for two decades.

    Though I know every word meaning in the above sentence, I can't grasp the sentence as a whole.

    Could you rephrase it so that I can understand?

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    Re: please rephrase the sentence

    Hi

    The person is in a moving train. He/she is sitting on a suitcase. He/she is on his/her way to a meeting. The meeting is important, and he/she has been waiting for it for two decades, i.e. 20 years.


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    Re: please rephrase the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Caorthine View Post
    Hi

    The person is in a moving train. He/she is sitting on a suitcase. He/she is on his/her way to a meeting. The meeting is important, and he/she has been waiting for it for two decades, i.e. 20 years.
    Why is she/he sitting on a suitcase?

    Does it mean (the train was housefull and she couldn't get place to sit on)?

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    Re: please rephrase the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Why is she/he sitting on a suitcase?

    Does it mean (the train was housefull and she couldn't get place to sit on)?
    Yes, I think that's a fair assumption.

    He could also be sitting on his suitcase to make sure nobody steals it. This would be quite possible if he's going to a very important meeting. Maybe there's something equally important in the suitcase.

    Hard to say with no context.

    AFAK, "sitting on a suitcase" isn't an idiom or expression.

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