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    Dear teachers,
    Could you help me to read the mood of this sentence?

    I went through hell spending two hours and a half with a girl who promised me more than she gave at last.

    It is supposed to mean that he became tired spending so much time with a girl and expected some sexual advantages but she only promised him a lot and then... nothing.
    It is a calque from my mothertongue so I'm not sure whether someone would say something like that in English.
    Thank you in advance. I'm sorry for such a stupid topic

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    Are you sure it's hours, and not years?

    The sentence would sound better as:

    I went through hell spending two and a half hours(years?) with a girl who promised me more than she gave in the end.

    or:

    I went through hell spending two and a half hours(years?) with a girl who, in the end, promised me more than she gave.

    Your intepretation of it is correct. Although, the guy is rather impatient if he only waited two and a half hours!

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    Default Re: Sexual issues and the like

    What if she is a call girl?

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    No, It's not a mistake - 'two hours and a half'

    May I replace 'I went through hell' by 'I was in tormnt/torture'?
    Maybe you're right that this hell is a bit too strong.

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    Two and half hours, instead of two hours and a half, is more natural (as shown above).

    You can say you were in torment, I guess, but seriously? A two and half hour investment is supposed to result in sex? What a dog!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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