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    My question

    What does

    " I don’t know if I ever did but I have been meaning to for a while."
    AND
    "just like i said i would even though you may not get these messages for a while "

    mean to you ?

    Last edited by mkmfAm; 18-Mar-2009 at 13:26.

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    #2

    Re: My question

    They both refer to actions that are previously stated, or only implied.


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    Re: My question

    " I don’t know if I ever did but I have been meaning to for a while."

    Sounds like something a person whose mind has been so fried by chronic drug use, they live their life in a haze, unable to remember what they did; and mean to do a lot, man, but are too zonked out to do anything.

    zonked: under the influence of drugs or alcohol

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    Re: My question

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    " I don’t know if I ever did but I have been meaning to for a while."

    Sounds like something a person whose mind has been so fried by chronic drug use, they live their life in a haze, unable to remember what they did; and mean to do a lot, man, but are too zonked out to do anything.

    zonked: under the influence of drugs or alcohol

    It doesn't sound to me as if someone is zonked out by drug use. If I were asked whether I had ever tried a certain type of food, I could say that I don't know if I've ever tried it, but I heard that it is very popular now, and I have been meaning to try some. People do forget things, even without benefit of constant drug use.


    The second means to me that possibly the person promised to do something, perhaps research something in particular. He/she is late in getting it done, and the person to whom the promise was made is now not at home, perhaps on vacation, so he/she would be "not getting the messages right away."
    I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Searching for language; 21-Mar-2009 at 20:28.


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    Re: My question

    My logic is: if the person 'keeps meaning to try it" then it is not a food he has ever considered as part of his usual diet - and we tend to be fairly routine in our fare from week to week. What is so different about this food? I certainly remember when I have eaten an exotic, or 'strange', or dish remote from 'my usual'. And if, as you add, that "I hear it is very popular now", it sounds as if it has not been popular - hence uncommon - to most people. Suddenly the rage - and he can't remember that he hasn't put it down his gullet in the past?
    Perhaps.

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