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Anne: “⋯Doesn’t Mr Allan preach magnificent sermons? Mrs Lynde says he is improving every day and the first thing we know some city church will gobble him up and then we’ll be left and have to turn to and break in another green preacher. But I don’t see the use of meeting trouble half-way, do you, Marilla?⋯”

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I’ve got the structure of the violet-colored sentence but I have no idea what bold phrases exactly mean. Is “the first thing we know” the same as“(the) next thing (one) knows”? And I looked the other two up in a dictionary but couldn’t find the meaning that exactly matched up with the context T.T Please tell me the meanings of those phrases! ♥.♥


Marilla found Anne was taller than herself(or her?) at some point. And this sentence follows.

There were other changes in Anne no less real than the physical change.

I remember learning the phrase “no less ⋯ than ⋯” in English class as in “A whale is no less a mammal than a horse is”. But I don’t know how to apply it to this sentence! Could you explain?


Anne: “⋯Besides, Miss Stacy says the short ones are much stronger and better. She makes us write all our essays as simply as possible. It was hard at first. I was so used to crowding in all the fine big words I could think of – and I thought of any number of them. but I’ve got used to it now and I see it’s so much better.”

In dictionary, it explains “any number of” means “all, many, much⋯”. But in a translated book I read, it translated this sentence differently though I don’t remember the exact translation T.T So Could you explain the meaning of the bold part to me? ♡.♡


④And last, Would you mind checking red-colored phrases in my question? I’m not sure I used them properly T.T


Thank you so much teachers for reading this post ♥♥♥

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This should really be three separate posts.

ANNE202Please tell me the meanings of those phrases!
Mrs Lynde says he is improving every day and the first thing we know some city church will gobble him up and then we’ll be left and have to turn to and break in another green preacher.

Mrs Lynde says he is improving every day and [before we realize it / sooner than we would like / very soon] some city church will gobble him up and then we’ll be left and have to advertise for and find and train another green preacher. (get another preacher accustomed to our ways.)

CJ

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ANNE202There were other changes in Anne no less real than the physical change.

Anne had undergone some real physical changes, such as becoming taller, but she had undergone other changes which were not physical, and these were equally real changes.

(The non-physical changes should not be considered less important than the physical changes.)

CJ

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ANNE202I was so used to crowding in all the fine big words I could think of – and I thought of any number of them, but I’ve got used to it now and I see it’s so much better.

I was so used to crowding in all the fine big words I could think of – and I thought of [a great many of them / lots of them / as many as I could], but I’ve got used to it now and I see it’s so much better.

(This implies that she knew a lot of big words, so it was very easy for her to put as many as she wanted into her essays.)

CJ

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Regarding the bits in red.

Is “the first thing we know” the same as “(the) next thing (one) knows”? And I looked the other two up in a dictionary but couldn’t find the meaning that exactly matched up with the context T.T Please tell me the meanings of those phrases!

You don't need 'up with'.


Marilla found Anne was taller than herself(or her?) her at some point.

Just 'her'.

CJ

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Thank you so much teacher ♥.♥

I've learned a lot from your posts and I really appreciate it!

Your explanations for what the writer intended to tell are so helpful for me in particular

because I couldn't learn them from a dictionary ♡.♡