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Hi my EnglishForward friends,

I hope you're enjoying the end of the year. In my country, we have holidays now!!..:-).

Please I just have a question about the idiom "catch up with" . Please what does it mean if I say about someone:

1) His previous sins caught up with him here. Does it mean "What he did in the past have an consequences here for him" ???

2) Could be whatever he was doing there, caught up with him here. Does it mean "maybe because of what he was doing there, have an consequences here for him ??

Can you please check my examples, whether I understood them right ??? Many thanks in advance and happy new year to all of you.

With Regards

JCD
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Hi,

Yes, you have the right general idea.

You might be interested in the word 'retribution'.

Happy New Year, Clive
Hello JC,

I would paraphrase it as: "Someone has found out about his past misdeeds; and those misdeeds will now have present consequences".

If you discover that I stole your wallet 10 years ago, and I'm subsequently arrested, my crime has caught up with me.

Best wishes,

MrP
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Many thanks to both of you!

Please Clive, could you describe me what I have written wrong?

Ok, I give it a shot..Emotion: smile...On the second thought, maybe this sentence doesn't look me correctly...

"maybe because of what he was doing there, have an consequences here for him ??

I think better sentence is this:

Maybe he is facing this consequences because of what he was doing there ??

I bet that this sentence is correct....:-)

Thx in advance, guys.
Hi,

"maybe because of what he was doing there, have an consequences here for him ??

"Maybe, because of what he did there, there will be consequences for him here."

Maybe he is facing this consequences because of what he was doing there ??

Maybe he is facing these consequences because of what he did there.

Best wishes, Clive
Clive, many thx for your correction.

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....here for him ??

....for him here.

....this consequences.

....these consequences

Emotion: embarrassedEmotion: embarrassedEmotion: embarrassed...Sure, I didn't notice of these typos.

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because of what he was doing there ....

Clive, I used the past continuous in order to express the time duration. Please why do you think that it was wrong?

Thx again. Chating with you native speakers is really the best way to learn english. I see it on myself...;-)

Kudos to all of you!

with regards

JCD
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Hi,

I used the past continuous in order to express the time duration. Please why do you think that it was wrong?

I wouldn't say it's wrong, as long as you really do have a good reason to use it.

Clive