Please help me comprehend this sentence well. "Once upon a time, in Smurf village, happy Smurfs were going about their happy lives completely unaware." Right now, I already know once upon a time is a phrase, it means there was a time but without an exact date. And "going about their happy lives", Is "going about" a high-frequency phrase which means lead or not? In addition, completely unaware is an adjective for happy lives? How could I understand this sentence from a viewpoint of sentence-composition?
Oct 25, 2019 12:15 PM
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Once upon a time is a stock phrase to introduce a story for children, you wouldn't use it an any other situation except jokingly. Going about their normal lives could be replaced by leading or living as Robert commented. But to me there is a bit more of a feeling of activity. To go about your business is a common phrase. So I think of it more as doing the things you normally do. Unaware - something important is going on that they don't about but which will probably affect them later in the story.
October 25, 2019
going about = leading or living; unaware is an adjective of Smurfs = the Smurfs were not thinking about their happy lives
October 25, 2019
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