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    Smile meaning

    Mel usually arrives at the office in time. Today they have a meeting and she hasn,t arrived yet. Her colleague Liz calls her to see what the problem is.
    Liz: Mel! It's me, Liz, here. Why aren't you here at the meeting?
    Liz: I think you should at least have phoned us.
    What is the meaning of "here" and "at least"?

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    Re: meaning

    Here- at work; the combination with 'at the meeting'; serves to emphasise that it something more important than simply going to work as normal
    At least- This is the minimum you should have done to help

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