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Please explain to me the following phrase:

"She here yet?"(That I quite understand)
"She was on the flight. They can't find her. Gerard is checking baggage claim"

(GERARD IS CHECKING BAGGAGE CLAIM) - Please explain what it means.

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Gerard is checking baggage claim


Gerard is looking for her where the baggage is normally picked up. Perhaps she slipped by everyone unnoticed and went directly to retrieve her baggage (suitcases).

For what it is worth, "unnoticed" is redundant because "she slipped by everyone", but I thought the emphasis might help.

Hope that helps and is in time.
In other words, he's checking whether she's retrieved her baggage or not?
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No. We don't know for sure that he is checking that. Here's why:

"She was on the flight. They can't find her. Gerard is checking baggage claim"

From the sentences shown above, we cannot know exactly why Gerard has gone to the area where people retrieve their baggage. We can only try to infer from the facts stated what his purpose might be.

He may be checking to see if she is in that area waiting to retrieve her baggage. He may be checking to see if there is any baggage that no one has claimed. This unclaimed baggage may belong to her, and this may help to trace her whereabouts. He may be planning to ask the people there if they have seen her.

Most people would probably infer no more than that he is checking to see if she herself is there, given the small amount of data actually present in those sentences.

We can make guesses about the exact details of why he is checking baggage claim, but these are inferences from the words used, not anything that the words tell us directly.

A similar example is this: When someone says, "Mrs. Simpson has died", we cannot conclude that she had pneumonia. We have to admit that the sentence does not contain enough information from us to know if she had pneumonia.
Thanks a lot for all this!

How about this:

THE FACE WAS BASHED IN WITH A LOOSE STONE.

What does LOOSE STONE mean?
From what there is of context, Manohonor, 'loose stone' appears to be a large rock or stone that was lying nearby, unattached to the bedrock, so that it was easily picked up and used as a weapon.
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Thanks! Appreciate it!

The word DONE is pronounced with ^ sound, right?(like in CUT). But I just heard it pronounced like in HOME. What's this?

Thanks in advance.
I don't know. /dun/ is standard. A regional accent, perhaps? Native speaker?
It's Ethan Hawke from TAKING LIVES(DVD). That's it.
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