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To be gone

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:04 pm

A: Kenny Rogers, country music legend, died Friday night, according to a statement posted by his family. He was 81.

B: My mom always spoke of a concert she saw with him and she got a rose. She is gone almost 2 years now, but that was a favorite memory of hers and now mine.

- Hi everybody! Does B use "She is gone almost 2 years now" as a cute way to mean that "She died / passed away nearly 2 years ago" in this case?

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan
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Post by trolley » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:45 pm

Exactly Steve, but it does seem to be an odd construction. You be more likely to hear "she has been gone..." rather than "she is gone..."
It may be a regional quirk, perhaps from New York. They seem to use that jumbled time thing..."I have been driving a car since I'm 16 years old!"
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Re: To be gone

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:46 am

trolley : Thank you so much. Have a nice day.

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