Wu Ting
How would you explain “this seems off” in the last sentence? I looked at Sterling and shrugged. He shrugged back and called to the hermit from the side of the road, his voice echoing heavily over the short distance in the heat of late morning. The hermit called back, and as he did, the interpreter related what he said with a precise delay, which added to the confusion, their voices echoing in a way that gave me momentary déjà vu. “He says that he has come through this place already and does not wish to walk the same way again.” We looked quizzically at the interpreter and he said, “Check over there,” pointing to a patch of vegetation beneath the minaret. Sterling motioned to the interpreter. “All right, get the fuck out of here. Head back to the others.” “I don’t know, Sarge. Something ain’t right. This seems off,” I said. “Feels like a setup.” How would you explain “this seems off” in the last sentence? Thanks!
Apr 23, 2013 5:29 AM
Answers · 4
Off in this context means 'bad', or 'wrong'. We say that meat is 'off' when it starts to go rotten. He is saying (again) that there is something wrong.
April 23, 2013
Yeah, you're right. Thanks!
April 23, 2013
You can find the meaning in the previous sentence. "Something ain’t right."
April 23, 2013
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