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    Meaning of sentence

    Hi all,

    I would like to have your mind about the meaning of the sentence below:

    "The Russian government vowed revenge last night on the terrorists behind a double "black widow" suicide bombing on Moscow's metro system that killed 38 people." (It is an extract of the Independent newspaper).

    If I understand well the sense of this sentence, the Russian government wants to have a revenge after this attack in the subway(tube for UK people).

    The writer uses the verb 'vow' but wants he really tell us that the Russian make a wish to revenge themselves. (Hope my mind is enough clear).

    Nonetheless give me your opinion about this sentence.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    They have promised (vowed) that they would take revenge.

    (It's not countable, so you don't "have a revenge" but you can avenge yourself or take revenge.)
    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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