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    rout on

    If one of the two teams weren't playing good, would it make sense to say "If they keep on playing like this, the rout is going to be on in the second half."?

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    Re: rout on

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If one of the two teams weren't playing well, would it make sense to say "If they keep on playing like this, the rout is going to be on in the second half."?
    I'm not sure. I've given up on answering sports commentating questions. Apparently you can say pretty much what you like.

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    Re: rout on

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    If one of the two teams weren't playing good well, would it make sense to say "If they keep on playing like this, the rout is going to be on in the second half."?
    Quite possibly. I think I've heard "the rout is starting" etc in the days when I used to watch football/American football/gridiron (choose your title!) so I guess you could say "the rout is on" or "the rout will be on".

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    Re: rout on

    It's not usage I'm familiar with. I'd say "It's going to be a rout" but not "the route is on."
    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: rout on

    "The rout is on" is common in the football world I know. Like, "The Hawks were leading by 2 touchdowns at halftime. They scored to begin the second half, then returned an interception for a TD on the next play and the rout was on."

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