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    two cases in one sentence

    Dear experts,

    1. Whom is 'to be going to' refered? To a person or to a thing? If not to a person, what does it mean?

    2. What does 'to be going into rooms' mean and to whom does it refer?

    The sentence is as following: 'We took Little Furze for a period of six months, and Emily Barton explained to Joanna that she herself was going to be a very comfortable because she was going into rooms kept by an old maid...'

    Thanks in advance,

    Olga


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    Re: two cases in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Dear experts,

    1. Whom is 'to be going to' refered? To a person or to a thing? If not to a person, what does it mean?

    2. What does 'to be going into rooms' mean and to whom does it refer?

    The sentence is as following: 'We took Little Furze for a period of six months, and Emily Barton explained to Joanna that she herself was going to be a very comfortable because she was going into rooms kept by an old maid...'

    Thanks in advance,

    Olga

    #1 Without full context it could be either Emily Barton or Joanna who will be comfortable. I think it must be Emily Barton from the phrase "she herself".

    #2 She will be in rented accommodation owned and looked after by an old maid.

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    Re: two cases in one sentence

    Incidentally, an 'old maid' isn't any kind of maidservant. An old maid is a gentlewoman of a certain age who has not married (which - depending on the context of the quote - could explain why she has to let out rooms to 'make ends meet').

    b

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