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    Means of / Failied to be

    It might be the means of making him everything he now failed to be.

    Could you please explain the bold parts?

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    Re: Means of / Failied to be

    It might be way to make him everything he is not.

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    Re: Means of / Failied to be

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    It might be the means of making him everything he now failed to be.

    Could you please explain the bold parts?
    susiedqq has given you the meaning, but it's not a good sentence.
    'everything he now failed to be' is very awkward.


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    Re: Means of / Failied to be

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    It might be the means of making him everything he now failed to be.

    Could you please explain the bold parts?
    means of making him - a way to make him

    failed to be - did not succeed in becoming

    Your example sentence can be paraphrased like this:

    It might be the way to make him everything he was not able to succeed in becoming, and therefore was not able to be now. (as a result of not succeeding at some other time in his life)

    You can find some examples of "now" with a past tense verb here: he now hoped to be.

    Here's another example:

    He now failed to live up to even his own modest expectations. But that didn't matter now. Now was the time to throw caution to the wind! Seeing no other logical choice, he now decided that he would have to forge ahead, tearing up new paths in the rough terrain through which he now traveled. Let's move it out now! Warp 8, Mr. Zulu! Full speed ahead!

    That's the most logical thing I've heard you say in a long time, Captain.

    Thank you, Spock.

    You're welcome, Captain. A Klingon vessel was now approaching.
    Last edited by PROESL; 04-Aug-2009 at 05:55. Reason: typo

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