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    Default For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

    Hello

    I came across this example sentence in the OALD, 'For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered' and don't quite see a situation where the phrase may come in handy. I recognize it might be difficult to read the sentence without context even for a native but still I'd like to catch its meaning.

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

    The rain is still pouring through the ceiling. We had spent all weekend replacing the tiles on the roof, but for all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

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    for all the good it's done does the it refers to the rain or you replacing the tiles on the roof?
    May be it's a fixed phrase?

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
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    for all the good it's done does the it refers to the rain or you replacing the tiles on the roof?
    May be Maybe it's a fixed phrase?

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    Try to reason this out. What good would the rain have done?

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

    Replacing the tiles- this didn't stop the water coming in.

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

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    Replacing the tiles- this didn't stop the water coming in.
    Correct!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

    Can I paraphrase it, 'Despite all the good we have done, we might as well not have bothered'?

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    Default Re: For all the good it's done, we might as well not have bothered.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Can I paraphrase it, 'Despite all the good we have done, we might as well not have bothered'?

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    No, that doesn't work. "Replacing the tiles" does not count as "doing good". In fact, it turns out the opposite is true. They spent all weekend replacing the tiles, but it didn't do any good at all.

    A: Our roof was leaking last week.
    B: Oh no. What did you do?
    A: We spent all weekend replacing the roof tiles.
    B: Did it do any good?
    A: No. The rain is still pouring through the roof.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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