Calla Lily
What does "It's not like we're picking up cats around the clock" mean? Hi there, I read this sentence, but I don't understand the meaning of below sentence after using translation, could you please give me an explanation? "It's not like we're picking up cats around the clock, it's just that it's impossible to sit and watch them die" Quoted from here: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3300814 Thank you very much for your assistance.
Nov 19, 2017 2:32 AM
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"around the clock" means "all the time" ("24/7", etc). In other words, they do not spend all of their time finding cats, but they do it sometimes.
November 19, 2017
They aren't actively looking for stray cats on the streets all the time (24 hours a day/7 days a week) to rescue. But in regards to those cats that they do find or the ones that wander by, they can't just sit back and watch the cats die, so they allow then to stay and they take care of them (or look after them).
November 19, 2017
She is saying that they are not actively looking for stray animals to take care of. They are just taking care of the animals that are around the temple.
November 19, 2017
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Calla Lily
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Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Taiwanese), English
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English