question But of course he didn’t get the chance, so he simply raised his hand in a little no-offense-taken salute. The truck’s taillights flickered, as if she were reconsidering. Then they went out and the truck sped up. Question: in a little no-offense-taken salute --- In this case, what's the meaning of 'in'?
Nov 15, 2017 3:53 PM
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It connects the standalone phrase "He raised his hands" and "a little no-offense salute". The last phrase "a little no-offense salute" describes how he raised his hands. Although the first phrase can be a sentence on it's own, the second phrase will be meaningless without the preposition "in". Thus, "in" connects what he did (a little no-offense salute) while he's doing something else (he raised his hands).
November 15, 2017
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