Student or Learner
I'd like to know why the woman broke into tears in the next passage.
My wife Susan works at a restaurant. One night a middle-aged man took her aside and explained that his large party was gathering to celebrate his grandmother's 100th birthday. Susan immediately sprang into action, and a short time later she placed a huge cake complete with 100 blazing candles in front of an elderly but lively woman at the table. As the entire restaurant joined in singing "Happy Birthday," the woman broke into tears. "Thank you," the grandson said to Susan, "but that's my mother. Grandmother hasn't arrived yet."
The woman broke into tears because Susan thought that the woman looked old enough to be the middle-aged man's 100-year-old grandmother. But she was just the mother of the middle-aged man and probably only about 70 or 80 years old.