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cisum
Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 9:37:19 PM
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Hi,

Tiffany played piano on one Sunday, and then before she knew it, she was playing every single Sunday.

What does 'before she knew it' mean?

Thank you very much.
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 10:16:57 PM

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cisum wrote:
Hi,

Tiffany played piano on one Sunday, and then before she knew it, she was playing every single Sunday.

What does 'before she knew it' mean?

Thank you very much.


This collocation is a way of saying something happened without your conscious attempt to make it happen, or that something happened in a very short period of time. The basic idea is, "I didn't plan it this way".


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
cisum
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:11:23 PM
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or that something happened in a very short period of time.
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Hi FounDit,
What do you mean by the quote above? Could you give an example of it?

Thanks a lot.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:47:34 AM

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cisum wrote:



or that something happened in a very short period of time.


Hi FounDit,
What do you mean by the quote above? Could you give an example of it?

Thanks a lot.


This time I'll try to answer in behalf of FounDit ;-)

"It happened quicly, before I had time to notice it."


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
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