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recently I have come across this sentence
"I just bumped into him on the street and couldn't remember his name for the life of me."
but I still can't figure out what "for the life of me" means.
does it mean I had to remeber his name to save my life?
Your help would be much much appreciated
It is an idiom, isn't it? ..how can it be used?
Would ‘I tried for the life of me and finally managed what I wanted’ be correct?
Thanks in advance!
So, that idiom, somehow introduces a subordinate sentence, right? (Subordinate sentence? Is it said this way?)
1. "So can you guess what this does?" "Not for the life of me, no."
And it doesn't need to introduce a clause, e.g.
2. I can't for the life of me remember his name.
Really, the structure is just:
3. I can't/couldn't (for the life of me) do X.
(So it acts as an adverbial intensifier, so to speak.)
MrPedanticWell, on reflection, you could also use it as a fragment, e.g.Now clear!! thanks a lot for your nice and clear explanations
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