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    Bethoven's father

    Can anyone help me with the following phrase?

    Beethovenís father had ended up an alcoholic, and life was becoming increasingly difficult for the Beethoven family.


    Does it mean that he died or that he gave himself over to alcohol?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Bethoven's father

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    Can anyone help me with the following phrase?

    Beethovenís father had ended up an alcoholic, and life was becoming increasingly difficult for the Beethoven family.


    Does it mean that he died or that he gave himself over to alcohol?

    Thanks a lot
    It means, as you suggest, that "he gave himself over to alcohol".

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    Re: Bethoven's father

    IT means that Beethoven's father had become a drunkard and was spending a lot of money on buying alcohol and the family was bearing the brunt.

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    Re: Bethoven's father

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    Can anyone help me with the following phrase?

    Beethovenís father had ended up an alcoholic, and life was becoming increasingly difficult for the Beethoven family.


    Does it mean that he died or that he gave himself over to alcohol?

    Thanks a lot
    As others have said, he just became an alcoholic - although alcoholism tends to lead to early death. If he did die as a result of his alcoholism, the way to say that would be: 'He died an alcoholic's death/the death of an alcoholic'.

    b

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