I am having difficulties making the sentence out:

You all saw that to begin with the tape measure stretched across from one side to the other, exactly.

I know about the pattern see someone do something but not see someone to do something.

EDIT: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/tape-measure

Please tell me the meaning.

Thanks in advance.

  • 1
    Can you provide us with the source, please?
    – AIQ
    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:18
  • @AIQ Longman Dictionary under "tape measure"
    – user100323
    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:20
  • 2
    Next time, you can add the link to your source just like I did in the edit. Also you wrote "saw them to" but in the dictionary its "saw that to".
    – AIQ
    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:35
  • @AIQ please explain the meaning.
    – user100323
    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:37
  • I don't understand the sentence, it seems incomplete to me. You will have to wait to hear what others say.
    – AIQ
    Nov 2, 2019 at 3:38

1 Answer 1


To begin with is a common expression meaning, in this context, originally. So your sentence means "You all saw that originally the tape-measure stretched across from one side to the other exactly." (The last comma isn't needed.) It might be re-ordered:

Originally, as you all saw, the tape-measure stretched across from one side to the other exactly.

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