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    Help me please.

    Hello, there. I am reading about a comment about family smoking. I met this sentence.

    "My parents smoked before and after I was born and when I became one they stopped."

    What does the pink color mean?

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    Re: Help me please.

    Here is the time line: (1)-Your parents smoked; (2)-You were born, and your parents continued to smoke; (3)- you had your first birthday, and your parents stopped smoking.
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    Re: Help me please.

    goodsogi...be careful the following sentence, while sounding the same, means that you ,after being born...became a cigarette!!-"Before and after I was born my parents smoked cigarettes and when I became one they stopped."
    B.

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    Re: Help me please.

    I once knew a man with a wooden leg named BOB; I don't know the name of his other leg.
    B.


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    Re: Help me please.

    Careful:
    My parents smoked before and after I was born and when I became one(a smoker) they stopped."

    Not a 'cigarette'.

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    #6

    Re: Help me please.

    actually using your meaning,when you become a parent, they stopped.
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    Re: Help me please.

    I could understand that inference if the subject was the single word 'parents' OR/AND if the verb was a form of 'to be'.

    When I became one= became a 'my parents' ??

    My parents smoked = my parents were smokers. "When I became one.."

    Either way, I don't think we can infer 'became a cigarette'. My parents could be Turkish - we're talking hookahs here!

    Only goes to show why book editors and proofreaders are so highly paid!
    Last edited by David L.; 10-Mar-2009 at 09:17.


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    #8

    Re: Help me please.

    Quote Originally Posted by goodsogi View Post
    Hello, there. I am reading about a comment about family smoking. I met this sentence.

    "My parents smoked before and after I was born though when I became a smoker too, they stopped."

    What does the pink color mean?
    ..

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    Re: Help me please.

    Or it may mean they were still smoking when i became a smoker, or even when i started smoking.
    But bwhen they saw me smoking,they stoped smoking

    Mathilde

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