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xuanguyen87
Vietnam

Meaning
 
Dear all kind teachers,


Could you help me explain the meaning and structure of two following sentences:

1/ They were heard saying goodbye to their friends.

2/ This chair also comes with three-year warranty, which covers full cost of replacement parts and labor in the unlikely event that you have any problems with your chair.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Xuan.

26 Sep 2011      



BlancaNC
United States

They were saying goodbye to their friends.   Someone heard them.  They were heard, as they were saying goodbye to their friends.  Someone heard them saying goodbye to their friends. 
 
Parts and labor - this is a common warranty coverage expression.  It includes the cost of the parts to fix the chair and the labor (which is the cost of the repair person ´s time).  The chair maker will tell you it is "an unlikely event" you will use the warranty because the chair is so well made, it will not break.  The maker claims you should not have any problems with your chair. 
 
Does that describe the phrases?
 

26 Sep 2011     



Apodo
Australia

1/ They were heard saying goodbye to their friends.

2/ This chair also comes with three-year warranty, which covers full cost of replacement parts and labor in the unlikely event that you have any problems with your chair.

 

1/ They (A & B) said goodbye to their friends. C heard A & B saying goodbye to their friends.

They (A & B) were heard (by C) saying goodbye to their friends.

An example of usage would be in a police report on missing persons:

They were heard saying goodbye to their friends at 11pm. Their car was heard driving away, but they never arrived home.

 

2/ If you have a problem with this chair the warranty means that for 3 years the manufacturer will replace parts for free and pay for labor - the cost of a repairman to fix it .
This is a very good chair so problems are unlikely to happen (not expected).

Other usage: In the unlikely event of rain, the band will perform in the hall instead of the park. (Rain is not expected, it is most unlikely)

26 Sep 2011     



grevillea
Australia

Regarding the second sentence.  it means, "It is unlikely that you will have any problems with your chair.  But if you do the warranty covers the full cost of replacement parts and labor."

26 Sep 2011