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a lot to go back to

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Quantz, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Quantz

    Quantz Senior Member

    French
    A young man complains about life (in 1998).

    "Life always seemed to me a pointless affair. And it's not like I have a lot to go back to."

    I'm not sure to understand the last phrase.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  2. Meille Senior Member

    Quebec, Canada
    English
    I think there's a mistake in your sentence. It should be "And it's not like I/we/you/... have a lot to go back to."
     
  3. Quantz

    Quantz Senior Member

    French
    Typo is a little devil.:)
     
  4. doinel

    doinel Senior Member

    Southern France
    France French
    Now that there is no typo left, does the sentence make sense ?
     
  5. Quantz

    Quantz Senior Member

    French
    Indeed…:)
    Ai-je tort de comprendre qu'il veut dire qu'il n'a pas beaucoup d'antériorité en matière de vie et de désillusion (il est jeune). :confused:
     
  6. doinel

    doinel Senior Member

    Southern France
    France French
    Qu'il n'a pas beaucoup de recul? C'est un peu mon impression ...
     
  7. Meille Senior Member

    Quebec, Canada
    English
    The way I understand it, his life wasn't very valuable to him.

    "Life always seemed to me a pointless affair. And it's not like I have a lot to go back to."

    Because he doesn't say "my life" it doesn't sound to me like he's talking about his former situation which he has left. It sounds like he's dead and doesn't much regret it.
     

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