I've never been given the chance before, but here's hoping it'll change. (Susan Boyle)
Is the above sentence grammatical?
Yes, it's grammatical. Here's hoping (that) is an idiom used to introduce a clause that expresses the speaker's strong desire, hope, or wish, especially just before the speaker makes an attempt to fulfill that hope. It's somewhat like I hope very much (that) ..., and here goes! (here goes! is itself an idiom that says "I'm about to try".)
|00:00:05-00:00:04||Hi, what's your name darling?|
-My name is Susan Boyle
|00:00:09-00:00:01||Okay Susan, and where are you from?|
|00:00:11-00:00:02||I am from Blackburn,|
near Bathgate, West Lothian.
|00:00:14-00:00:01||That's a big town.|
|00:00:15-00:00:05||It's a sort of collection of...|
It's a collection of.. villages.
|00:00:21-00:00:01||Had to think there.|
What does "Had to think there" mean?
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sitifanWhat does "Had to think there" mean?I had to think [just now / at that moment / in that case]. (The word villages did not easily come to mind for her. She was a little nervous, I suppose.)