The committee members took turns talking about why we were there. And then I got up and did my piece.

Then in there, "did" refer to "took turns talking about"?

And that means "I said my opinion"?

++ This quote is from Harry Potter, and the next sentence is

said how Buckbeak was a good hippogriff.

I've missed 'said' in the next script ㅠㅠ!

  • Yes, you got it. You did your part of standing up and talking about why you all were present in the first place. Jan 12, 2021 at 13:21
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    No - grammatically speaking did simply refers to my piece. It's possible "my piece" is another example of someone talking about why they are present at the meeting, but it's equally possible that what the speaker does (after all those "Why are we here?" speeches) is something completely different. Which may or may not have some kind of connection to whatever came before - that's just a matter of specific context that we don't know. Jan 12, 2021 at 13:25
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    (Note that I did my piece here is both vague and slangy. It's not really possible to say what exactly it "means" here without a lot more context - ideally, actually watching what the speaker does next.) Jan 12, 2021 at 13:28
  • ...for example, perhaps all the committee members are attending the meeting because they've been fiddling the accounts and stealing money, and they're meeting to decide what to do, since they now realise the company is going bankrupt. But we've no idea whether the speaker here is also about to admit to having done the same as them - for all we know, he's an undercover detective who intends to blackmail them, because he knows what's been going on. Or he's going to read them their rights and arrest them. Who knows? Jan 12, 2021 at 13:38
  • Where is this quote from? It would be more natural to say, "And then I got up and said my piece." Jan 12, 2021 at 16:00


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