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Can't quite get the meaning of 赶上 here. Any suggestions please?

像她这样一个铁路工人家庭出身、没上过大学、貌不出众的文工团演员,一步步地走到今天,成为一个集制片人、导演、演员于一身的大明星,完全是赶上了好时代。

完全是赶上好时代。 totally (赶上)in time for?? the (好时代)golden era??

赶上:to keep up with, to catch up with, to overtake, to chance upon, in time for

大家中秋快乐!

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"In time for" is the right interpretation in this context. 好时代(an era when living was great) is like a party. It has a beginning and an end. People who died before it or born after it missed out. "她赶上了好时代" means she was born at the right time, during a great era.

赶上 means " (rushed in or hurriedly arrive) just in time."

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In time for, or to chance upon. I think both are OK. Maybe it'll be clearer if you understand the context.

It is mentioned in the sentence that she was born in a railway worker family with poor education, and was a plain-looking average actress in the art troupe.

(That means she should not have succeeded.)

However she finally achieved her success as a producer, a director and a famous actress. If it was not for a golden era, she would not be so successful.

And happy Mid-Autumn Festival.

  • 完全 here is what? – Gangosa Sep 15 '16 at 3:23
  • @Gangosa You can take it as totally. It is totally because of the era. – Cnly Sep 15 '16 at 3:26

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