Instead of that, he had just sailed over a party of friends from his own place on the Long Island shore.
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How do you analyze this sentence? Does he go to a party of friends from his own place?
Is it same thing as "He had just sailed from his own place on the Long Island shore over a party of friends."?

If not, what is the proper understanding of this sentence?

  • Sail here is used like drive: if you have a car you drive your friends somewhere, if you have a boat you sail them. – StoneyB on hiatus May 19 '13 at 4:11

"A party of friends" means a group of friends.

The sentence as a whole means that he had a rather large sailboat, which he used to transport a group of friends from his residence (place) "on the Long Island shore" to some other place (not mentioned in your excerpt).

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  • the whole script is in the link, you can go to the link, and find the specific line there. – aggressionexp May 19 '13 at 4:16
  • @aggressionexp: Yep. Just as I thought. – user264 May 19 '13 at 5:13

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