condensation in breath

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Sirius77

Senior Member
Turkish
Hi,

I am trying to understand the second sentence:

"“I’m sorry,” he said. He made out a faint and fleeting bit of condensation in his breath." (A. Waldman, Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.)

My guess: "He exhaled faintly and fleetingly." (How about "condensation" in this case?)

Please let me know if you agree or not.

Best wishes..
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think 'made out' here means 'saw', or 'perceived'. So he saw a faint bit of condensation in his breath. I don't know why it was there - maybe the conversation was taking place in a cold environment?
     

    Sirius77

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    Hi heypresto,

    Yes, they are talking in a park. Their hands are in their pockets, so it's probably a little cold. Thank you very much, this was something I didn't think of.

    Best wishes..
     

    Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    No, it is saying that he noticed condensation on his breath, but not much and it disappeared quickly. This occurs at around 8-10C
     
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