to howl in off the fen

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  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    That night, as the wind continued to howl in off the fen, Beth lay in bed, thinking of the past.
    Source: Guide Star by Joy Ellis

    What does to howl in off mean?

    Thank you.
  2. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    The wind continued to howl in: into the place in which Beth lay in bed.
    "Off the fen" is an adverbial expression that tells you where the wind came from.
  3. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Thank you.
  4. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    Note that in "to howl in off the fen"
    in (adv.) = inwards -> towards the speaker
    Off (prep.) = from (Compare: A: "Where did you get that apple?" B: "It came off/from my apple tree.")
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2018

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