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Message de rahmane posté le 19-06-2011 à 11:40:24 (S | E | F)
Could you help me please?
Who knows the meaning of 'I am out of quarters' ?
Thank you for your help.
Modifié par lucile83 le 19-06-2011 11:51
Réponse: Out of quarters de gerondif, postée le 19-06-2011 à 11:46:06 (S | E)
it's difficult to answer you without the context, it could be a man in the army who says he is out of the barracks, he is away from his army base.... but now that I've read the following posts, I too think that it is likely to mean that he is short of coins, "a quarter" meaning an American coin worth 25 cents, a quarter of a dollar.
Réponse: Out of quarters de aneth-estragon, postée le 19-06-2011 à 14:30:38 (S | E)
Maybe the person who says this is an American who's spent his last coin ?
Réponse: Out of quarters de lucile83, postée le 19-06-2011 à 14:37:24 (S | E)
I think it means : I am out of drug/I haven't got drug anymore (quarters is a slang word for drug)
We have to wait for a context
Réponse: Out of quarters de notrepere, postée le 19-06-2011 à 18:00:08 (S | E)
A quarter = 25 cents. My first impression is that this is referring to money, comme le dit A-E. Quarters are often needed to operate machinery such as washing machines and dryers in laundromats, pay phones, etc.
Réponse: Out of quarters de aneth-estragon, postée le 19-06-2011 à 20:34:53 (S | E)
Or maybe a tennisman who doesn't reach the quarters, semifinals, final, might say "I'm out of quarters" ?
This hypothesis leads nowhere then, thank you Notrepere for keeping vigilant !
Réponse: Out of quarters de may, postée le 20-06-2011 à 02:37:25 (S | E)
So rahmane, we're guessing here... Would you like to confirm with the context?
Réponse: Out of quarters de notrepere, postée le 20-06-2011 à 05:23:03 (S | E)
I've never heard "quarters" referred to in that way (at least in AE). Instead, one would say: I/He/She didn't reach/make it to the quarters, semi-finals, finals, etc. In other words, it is almost always preceded by an article. I'm sure this is referring to money. It is the only time I can think of that the article isn't used. I'm out of quarters, dimes, nickels, money, one-, five-, ten-dollar bills. Could you lend me some?
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