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Dear teachers,

Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

Starkie had a sore throat and it was nowhere.

be nowhere = don’t fall among the finalists

Thanks for your efforts.

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Dear teachers,

Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

Starkie had a sore throat and it was nowhere.

be nowhere = don’t fall among the finalists

Thanks for your efforts.

Regards,

V

That makes no sense. To "come nowhere" in a competition means to come so far down that you may as well not have bothered! But in your sentence, I have no idea what "it" refers to. If it refers to his sore throat, then I don't understand. A sore throat can't be nowhere!
 

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A sore throat can't be nowhere! Yes, you are right, the throat couldn't be nowhere, but he can.

Probably he is a singer who have to go in for a competition and there was not chance of his winning because of his sore throat.;-)

He couldn't make the cut.

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A sore throat can't be nowhere! Yes, you are right, the throat couldn't be nowhere, but he can.

Probably he is a singer who have to go in for a competition and there was not chance of his winning because of his sore throat.;-)

He couldn't make the cut.

V.

Sparkie had a sore throat and he came nowhere [in the competition].

The use of the word "it" was inappropriate if talking about a person.
 

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Excuse my insistence, but Sparkie could be a parrot as an example.;-)

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Excuse my insistence, but Sparkie could be a parrot as an example.;-)

V.

If your original post had given some context, we wouldn't be reduced to guessing.

Since when did parrots enter talent contests?

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If your original post had given some context, we wouldn't be reduced to guessing.

Since when did parrots enter talent contests?

Rover

Have you not watched talent contests recently? I don't think you even need a pulse, let alone any talent! :lol:
 

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Excuse my insistence, but Sparkie could be a parrot as an example.;-)

V.

Regardless, people tend to use "he" or "she" (not "it") when talking about their pets/animals unless they do not know the sex.
 
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As a matter of fact here is the original of the problematic for you sentence.

Starkie had a sore throat and was nowhere. Roberts, of Fale-by-the-Water, ran third. Good old G. Hayward!' said Bingo affectionately, and we strolled out on to the terrace.

The dropping of the damned "it" that existed in my initial sentence must obliterate your faces broadened into a grin through my carelessness to admit that peccadillo, provoked your appetite to poke fun at a defenseless victim.

The detail context you may see alone in Wodehouse's "The Inimitable Jeeves"

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Context is key. Knowing that the topic was a horse race would have helped.
 
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