I came across a sentence:

I woke up weary and all of the routines of life were chores, the people in it irritants. (Source)

In the sentence, I don't understand the phrase "the people in it irritants". Please explain it to me. Thanks in advance.

  • 1
    Could you please link the source, there might be some context around the sentence.
    – Peter
    May 1, 2016 at 0:55
  • The sentence is taken from a story in Reader's digest, March-2016. Some context:I wasn't feeling any sense of gratitude for my comfortable home or lovely family.
    – thein lwin
    May 1, 2016 at 1:05

2 Answers 2


It means "all of the routines of life were chores, and the people in life were irritants." Irritants are things that are irritating. The sentence is using a parallel structure so that the verb 'were' from the previous phrase is implicitly copied into the next phrase.


The writer is communicating that life isn't satisfying and he dislikes dealing with the tasks and people in that life. Think more annoyance then hate.

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