in time

SantaClaus01

Senior Member
Korean
All of us who grew up before the war are immigrants in time, immigrants from an earlier world living in an age essentially different from anything we knew before. We still hold the seats of power and command the resources and the skills which have been used in the past to keep order and organize large societies.


Hello guys. According to the dictionary, "in time" has two meanings.

1. not late (punctual)
2. eventually

But neither of them seem to make sense in this phrase. How should I understand meaning of "in time" in this context?
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    This paragraph is not using the idiom "in time" at all.

    Instead it is imaging "different time periods" as "different worlds". That is a common metaphor: the world has changed so much after the war that "it was a different world, back then before the war".

    The paragraph says that people who lived as adults in both of these "worlds" are immigrants from one to the other. So they are immigrants "in time" rather than immigrants "in physical distance".
     

    SantaClaus01

    Senior Member
    Korean
    This paragraph is not using the idiom "in time" at all.

    Instead it is imaging "different time periods" as "different worlds". That is a common metaphor: the world has changed so much after the war that "it was a different world, back then before the war".

    The paragraph says that people who lived as adults in both of these "worlds" are immigrants from one to the other. So they are immigrants "in time" rather than immigrants "in physical distance".
    Thanks for the detailed explanation! I understand it now. Thank you so much.
     
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