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    with everything to prove

    I was a nothing and a nobody with everything to prove.

    What does 'with everything to prove' mean?

    Thanks!

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    Re: with everything to prove

    Quote Originally Posted by lauraguan View Post
    I was a nothing and a nobody with everything to prove.

    What does 'with everything to prove' mean?

    Thanks!
    This is a person who has accomplished nothing. So, they have to prove their worth. They have to prove that they can get a job, earn a living, maintain relationships, stay sober, be a productive member of society ...

    The specific things they have to prove are not important though and one could argue about them; the emphasis is on the fact that they have so far proved nothing.

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    Re: with everything to prove

    Without at all disagreeing with ray, I wanted to add that it doesn't necessarily mean that this person had been a failure in life so far, but simply that they had (perhaps) come from a humble background (= a nobody) and hadn't been set up for success to date.
    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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