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    made the day a rout

    "But the southern and border states made the day a rout for our campaign. In all the southern primaries—in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee—I won a majority of the vote"

    origanlly rout means defeat,so I replace the rout with defeat, it becomes " made the day a defeat for our campaign",but according to the context, the day is a big victory , so is it a victory or defeat? I'm confused.

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    Re: made the day a rout

    A rout is a victory when one side wins by a lot. It doesn't tell you which side won.
    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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    Re: made the day a rout

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    "But the southern and border states made the day a rout for our campaign. In all the southern primaries—in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee—I won a majority of the vote"

    origanlly rout means defeat,so I replace the rout with defeat, it becomes " made the day a defeat for our campaign",but according to the context, the day is a big victory , so is it a victory or defeat? I'm confused.

    thanks

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    Masterding,


    I think that you are correct: that sentence is poorly written.

    It should have said something like:

    But the southern and border states resulted in a rout for our opponents.

    The more you read English, the more you will find "poor"

    writing. I guess that occurs in all languages. Writing a

    good sentence is really difficult work. But nothing is more

    beautiful than a well-written sentence -- in any language.

    (Only my opinion, of course)

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    Re: made the day a rout

    I don't find this poorly written. The very next sentence clears up any confusion about who "won."

    It is common in American football to say that one team "routed" the other, or to say something like "After Johnson returned the fumble for a touchdown, the rout was on."

    Losers don't usually speak of "routs" like this.

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