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Some questions about the sentence. "His mother, Diana, said they leave messages when they visit. Especially the kids, filling him in where they're at in their lives, and what's happened over the last year,and we read them here at the gravesite. ·" ”filling him in where they're at in their lives“, here "fill in" means "tell him" right? Then why not "where they were at"? Thank you!
May 27, 2013 5:17 AM
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Yes, the idea behind "fill someone in" is to fill in missing information. It's a colloquial way of saying "inform someone". You'll notice the rest of the reported sentence uses present tenses. This indicates a general or frequent habit, and not a specific point in the past.
May 27, 2013
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