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It's the movie "The Gray".
There's a plane crash in Alaska.
Seven people survives, one of them is attacked by a wolf.
So, they begin talking about wolfs and risks.
The expert about wolfs says that they shouldn't worry about wolves because they are probably only passing through.
One of the men says, to him, "Wait a minute. Passing through as opposed to what?"
And the expert responds, "Living here, hunting here."

So, I am a bit unsure.
With "living here, hunting here" is he saying that wolves actually do not live and do not hunt "here.

Thank you

  • Beryl from Northallerton

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    The expert is saying that they're passing through as opposed to 'living here, hunting here'. This means that he believes they neither live there nor hunt there. So it would be okay for the expert to say: 'they don't live here, they don't hunt here.' .

    Is that what you wanted to know?
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