I merely sought to greet you

  • Sarvar96

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    This sentence from Harry Potter book
    "He's another Death Eater!"
    breathed Griphook, and Harry sidled sideways to. repeat the information into Hermione's ear. "I merely sought to greet you," said Travers coolly, "but if my presence is not. welcome . . ."
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    Thanks. I don't know who Travers is, but he seems to speak in rather antiquated English for some reason. Travers said that he was simply attempting to greet them (wanted to greet them). "Sought" is the simple past tense of "seek". If you "seek to do something", you try to do it.

    Edit: I'd paraphrase as "It was simply my intention to greet you".
     
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    Sarvar96

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    Thanks. I don't know who Travers is, but he seems to speak in rather antiquated English for some reason. Travers said that he was simply attempting to greet them (wanted to greet them). "Sought" is the simple past tense of "seek". If you "seek to do something", you try to do it.

    Edit: I'd paraphrase as "It was simply my intention to greet you".
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