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    meaning of : came hours

    The attack killed at least 15 other people and came hours after supporters of Sharif, a staunch opponent of Musharraf, came under fire from gunmen, with three people killed.

    Please tell me what "came hours" means in this sentence.

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    Re: meaning of : came hours

    Hi user_hary,

    come = happen, occur, come to pass

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: meaning of : came hours

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    The attack killed at least 15 other people and came hours after supporters of Sharif, a staunch opponent of Musharraf, came under fire from gunmen, with three people killed.

    Please tell me what "came hours" means in this sentence.

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    Hi, user_gary!

    Vil's comments are accurate.

    The attack killed at least 15 other people and occurred hours after supporters of Sharif...

    Another example: The blizzard came hours after the storm alert had been issued.

    Cheers,
    Amigos4


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    Re: meaning of : came hours

    Thank you friends.

    I am really not getting your explanation.

    Do you mean that the attack happened after one hour?

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    Re: meaning of : came hours

    Hello UG,

    It means "the attack occurred [only a few] hours after X".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: meaning of : came hours

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you friends.

    I am really not getting your explanation.

    Do you mean that the attack happened after one hour?
    Hi, user_gary!

    Notice the plural of 'hour' in your Title Box (Re: meaning of : came hours)

    Therefore, the attack happened more than one hour after supporters of Sharif were fired upon.

    News reporters will use the 'came hours' expression in their stories because it is easier than reporting the exact time that something happened. For example, it would be awkward to write: The attack killed at least 15 other people and came Six hours, twenty-seven minutes, and forty-nine seconds after supporters of Sharif...

    I hope this helps.

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    Amigos4

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