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Untold Stories of WWII

He broke in and said, It's all right, you may blow the factory, that's all right. But may I have my glasses? Because it's hopeless to get new glasses in Norway today.

I couldn't understand the relation of 'hopeless' with 'to get the glasses', how can be hopeless 'to get something'? Can you help? Thanks in advance.
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    You are right to be puzzled by this. It would be correct (in speech anyway) if they said, "It's hopeless trying to get new glasses in Norway today."
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