She could have been my aunt or my mother.

Vanloon

Senior Member
Hindi
360: Switched at Birth - This American Life

Bob Mcdonald
When she got on the phone, I was just totally blown away. The way she pronounced her words were identical with the way my mother talked. She could have been my aunt or my mother talking on the phone and I knew that she had to be my sister.

context: Because of the changing at birth, Bob and 'she' haven't been raised in the same parents. But, someday he found she is his sister and want to talk to her.
Q: For me, that green phrase sounds like..

The way she talks is just like my mother or my aunt: It is really similar.

But 'She could have been my aunt or my mother' sounds like weird for me. Thanks in advance!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    But 'She could have been my aunt or my mother' sounds like weird for me.
    This is just another way to say that the sister sounded very much like Mcdonald's aunt or his mother. He knew that he was not talking to his aunt or his mother, but the sister's voice and way of talking was very similar to theirs.
     
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