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  1. MiltonClemens

    MiltonClemens Member

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    Confusing Terms, Help!

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MiltonClemens, Dec 22, 2009.

    Hey, I was watching LOST the other day when I came upon something strange, and I don't know what it meant. Okay, here's just a brief summary :

    These people crashed on an island, and was waiting for rescue.

    Now, there's something really strange, probably because I'm not a native speaker. I don't really get the term : "What gave it away"
    You see, there's this survivor named Charlie, and he saw this pregnant girl Claire, trying to sit down. He approached her and asked :

    "So, first plane crash?"

    "What gave it away?" She answered.

    "I can always spot the newbies" He said.

    I don't get this, can anybody please explain to me? and can anybody please give some other examples? Thanks a bunch, dudes :)
     
  2. fantasy girl

    fantasy girl Contributing Member

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    It's like asking 'how did you know?' or 'how did you guess?'
     
  3. MiltonClemens

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    How come it's "what gave it away?" , why not "Is it obvious" or anything? any explanation?
    Sorry, I'm just curious :D
     
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    It can be, it's just personal preference
     
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    It probably comes from "What clues/signs did I give you?" or something along those lines. We don't say it like that because to people who are used to that phrase, the meaning is implied and we don't need to hear the word "clue."
     
  6. MiltonClemens

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    Ahh I see... That makes sense. Thanks a bunch, everyone! :D
     

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