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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.

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    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

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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.

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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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