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fadeout32811!!!

Senior Member
french
Hi,

I am watching a drama about Einstein and there is a line that I don't understand.
In a scene, his mother is talking with his wife. She says;

"I remember when Albert was born. Such an exciting time. But also a difficult one. I had no idea how to care for myself, not to mention a child. "

I don't understand what "I had no idea how to care for myself, not to mention a child." mean?
Would someone explain please?

Thank you!
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It think it really needs another comma.

    "I had no idea how to care for myself, not to mention, a child."
     

    Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    Is it the expression "not to mention" that is causing difficulty?

    The sentence means something like:
    "I had no idea how to care for myself, and knew even less about how to care for a child."
     
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