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    #1

    Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    I didn't understand the part "has been Banquo's doing".Can you help ?
    Last edited by Volcano1985; 22-Dec-2008 at 22:04.

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    Re: Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    (I am not a teacher)

    This expression is often used in a negative context. It is another way to say "the product of someone's actions".

    "I got fired from my job yesterday. I'm sure it was my co-worker's doing." (my co-worker caused my firing)

    "Mom, my bank account had an extra $500 in it this morning. Was that your doing?" (Not exactly a negative, but expressing suspicion.)

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    Re: Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    Is it "Everything that has been Banquo's doing has gone wrong for you lately" ?

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    Re: Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    I think the original sentence sounds better. The second version is grammatically correct but the syntax sounds strange.

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    Re: Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    Dear Volcano:

    Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    "Everything that has been Banquo's doing has gone wrong for you lately"

    These two sentences mean different things. The first means that all your recent misfortunes can be blamed on Banquo. (Banquo may have been up to lots of other things as well, some of which have nothing to do with you.)

    The second means that every single one of Banquo's recent actions has resulted in misfortune for you.

    Best wishes,
    Petra
    Last edited by pyoung; 23-Dec-2008 at 03:47. Reason: typo

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    Re: Everything that has gone wrong for you lately has been Banquo's doing

    Thank you pyoung

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