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What does "at his mother's knee" mean?



 
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What does "at his mother's knee" mean? #1 (permalink) Tue Jan 24, 2006 18:56 pm   What does "at his mother's knee" mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #103 "Charlie's Knees", question 3

He'd learnt to think he was important from an early age ......... his mother's knee.

(a) from
(b) to
(c) over
(d) at

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #103 "Charlie's Knees", answer 3

He'd learnt to think he was important from an early age at his mother's knee.

Correct answer: (d) at

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He'd learnt to think he was important from an early age from his mother's knee.
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At his mother's knee #2 (permalink) Tue Jan 24, 2006 19:35 pm   At his mother's knee
 

Hi,

This means that he had learnt this from a very early age since when he was very young and sat on his mother's knee.

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What does "at his mother's knee" mean? #3 (permalink) Wed Sep 28, 2011 14:45 pm   What does "at his mother's knee" mean?
 

please explain why there is the Past Perfect (he'd learnt) at the beginning of the sentence?
can't it be and why: He learnt to think...etc. (the Past Simple)?

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What does "at his mother's knee" mean? #4 (permalink) Wed Sep 28, 2011 17:02 pm   What does "at his mother's knee" mean?
 

Hi,

The use here is to indicate that he had done this before he became an adult.

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