Hello everybody.

Would you please tell me what does the following means?

The teacher says his name like the child's reputation precedes.

Thanks so much for the help.

Jamal 1315Would you please tell me what does the following means?

Out of context, it is unfathomable. Only in context ("Little Whispers") does it make sense.

When you post sentences here, please post the context.

‘When you started talking about the kids with learning difficulties you’ve worked with in the past, your passion came through brilliantly and I knew you were going to be such an asset to Elder class,’ Ben says, sipping his coffee. ‘We’ve got some challenging characters in our group, including Jasper Shaw, of course, who you’ll be working with much of the time.’ He says the name like the child’s reputation precedes him.

‘Jasper Shaw?’

Ben used the name of this difficult child in the quotation:

We’ve got some challenging characters in our group, including Jasper Shaw, of course, who you’ll be working with much of the time.’ 

If a person's reputation precedes them, it means that you have heard a lot of rumors and stories about them before you meet them face-to-face. So you have a preconceived idea about what they will look like, how they will act and what they will say. You are prejudiced. So when you say their name, the way you say it shows your prejudice.

Jamal 1315Would you please tell me what does the following means?

Well might you ask. Even after I had the context, I had to read it four times before it stopped flip-flopping like an Escher woodcut. She meant "like" as "as though", and she left off the object of "precedes" unnecessarily. That is one poor sentence.