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    Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    1.Kate,we're backing up out here.

    2.Kate, we've got a backup out here.

    Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    And I am not sure that I get them exactly. Do they both mean: We're providing support for sb./sth. ?

    Thanks for your help.


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    Re: Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    1.Kate,we're backing up out here. This means that something is preventing you [and others] from getting through a door, or metaphorically that something is preventing a smooth workflow.

    2.Kate, we've got a backup out here. Means approximately the same.

    Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    And I am not sure that I get them exactly. Do they both mean: We're providing support for sb./sth. ?

    Thanks for your help.
    If you intend to say that you have support:

    Kate, we've got back-up out here. [no article]


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    Re: Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    [quote=Anglika;312159]If you intend to say that you have support:

    Kate, we've got back-up out here. [no article][/quote


    Hi,Anglika,

    "We're backing up out here."

    I don't exactly get this one. For instance, when you are working at your office, and then suddenly I come around and tell you: Anglika, We're backing up out here."
    Does that mean: We're leaving here.(the office) We're returning to the place where we were in. ?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    1.Kate,we're backing up out here.

    2.Kate, we've got a backup out here.

    Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    And I am not sure that I get them exactly. Do they both mean: We're providing support for sb./sth. ?

    Thanks for your help.
    2.Kate, we've got a backup out here.


    I think that this means to have work piling up, the more usual expression is "a backlog" but I seem to have heard or read somewhere "a backup" in this context.


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    Re: Is there a difference between these two sentences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post

    Hi,Anglika,

    "We're backing up out here."

    I don't exactly get this one. For instance, when you are working at your office, and then suddenly I come around and tell you: Anglika, We're backing up out here."
    Does that mean: We're leaving here.(the office) We're returning to the place where we were in. ?

    Thanks for your help.
    This is where context comes into play.

    If you came into my office and said this, I would take it that you are telling me that the work is not being dealt with fast enough and that too much is being passed through, so the work is backing up.

    If there are a crowd of people trying to go through a narrow space and there is something preventing them moving forward, then "We're backing up out here" means that there are more people coming up behind and the crowd is getting bigger.

    What exactly was the original context for your question?


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    Re: Is there a difference between these two sentences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post

    This is where context comes into play.

    If you came into my office and said this, I would take it that you are telling me that the work is not being dealt with fast enough and that too much is being passed through, so the work is backing up.

    If there are a crowd of people trying to go through a narrow space and there is something preventing them moving forward, then "We're backing up out here" means that there are more people coming up behind and the crowd is getting bigger.

    What exactly was the original context for your question?

    Hi, Anglika,

    Thanks for your help.

    The original context, here we go:

    Jack: You kept it.
    Kate: Kept what?
    Jack: The flower.
    Kate: I'm a pack rat, I never throw anything out.
    Jack: Yeah, all this clutter, it's, uh... overwhelming.
    Kate: You should see my apartment.
    Jack: Whoa, haven't even had our first date yet, and,uh, you're already inviting me in. Thought you were a nice girl.
    Kate: Oh, Jack, we all know nice girls finish last.
    Jack: So where do you finish?
    Kate: That depends on where I start. Deep breath. Exhale. Inhale.
    Clare: Kate,we're backing up out here.(Kate and Jack are talking in the infirmary when Clare comes around and tells Kate that we're backing up out here)
    Kate: Right. I'm sorry. I'm gonna get your shot.

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    Re: Is there a difference between these two sentences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post


    Hi, Anglika,

    Thanks for your help.

    The original context, here we go:

    Jack: You kept it.
    Kate: Kept what?
    Jack: The flower.
    Kate: I'm a pack rat, I never throw anything out.
    Jack: Yeah, all this clutter, it's, uh... overwhelming.
    Kate: You should see my apartment.
    Jack: Whoa, haven't even had our first date yet, and,uh, you're already inviting me in. Thought you were a nice girl.
    Kate: Oh, Jack, we all know nice girls finish last.
    Jack: So where do you finish?
    Kate: That depends on where I start. Deep breath. Exhale. Inhale.
    Clare: Kate,we're backing up out here.(Kate and Jack are talking in the infirmary when Clare comes around and tells Kate that we're backing up out here)
    Kate: Right. I'm sorry. I'm gonna get your shot.
    So we are talking about work (medical patients?) backing up, or so it seems.

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