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Close to it

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:24 am
by Stevenloan
A father: Why are you crying? Did your boyfriend hit you?
A daughter: No, but he was close to it, I think.

Hi you guys! I use "but he was close to it" here to mean that "but he almost did it". Is it correct?

Your answers will be highly appreciated.


Re: Close to it

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:57 pm
by tony h
You are correct. But for the sake of clarity: "he was close to making a punch but restrained himself" rather than "he was close to it and missed".

Re: Close to it

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:34 am
by Stevenloan
tony h : Thanks a lot for your clarification. The way you explain it is hilarious. I like it a lot. :D