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    #1

    Put by

    Hi everybody!
    I'm not sure about the meaning of *put by* in the following sentence said by a man who had a car accident and couldn't walk for some time:

    I was told that when I was in my house, I had the nurse's aide *put me by my steps* so that I could stare at the steps.

    Was the nurse walking for him?

    Thanks in advance.
    Sonyet


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    #2

    Re: Put by

    'steps' here does not refer to 'steps' or 'paces' or 'strides' a person takes in walking, but the 'steps' = 'all of the individual flat surfaces where your feet go when climbing stairs'.

    It sounds like he suffered a head injury in the accident, so that for some time afterwards, he just stared, mindlessly, into space. His nurse's aide moved him from inside the house, out on to the porch - wheeled him, helped him to walk to, placed him, put him on the porch (to get him out of the house and into the 'fresh air') - but he was so 'out of it' (mindless at that time) that for all the good it did, instead of staring into thin air inside the house, he now stared at the steps leading up to the porch.

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    #3

    Re: Put by

    Thanks a lot. Now it is all clear.
    Bye
    Sonyet


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