Thread: Put The Team To 3-2

1. Put The Team To 3-2

Suppose a sports team recently lost a game and their records is now 3-2.

"The recent loss put them to 3-2."
"The recent loss dropped them to 3-2."

Could one of them be incorrect?

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3. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

Originally Posted by Dianan
Suppose a sports team recently lost a game and their records is now 3-2.

"The recent loss put them to 3-2."
"The recent loss dropped them to 3-2."

Could one of them be incorrect?
I would say something like "Their recent loss puts their current score at 3-2."

If the score is 3-2, then they are currently in the lead (they have won 3 games and the opposition has one 2). If they are currently behind, then they're at 2-3. I only mention this because your second suggestion using "dropped" made it sound as if their loss put them further behind. They're not behind at 3-2.

4. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

"3-2" refers to the overall record of 3 wins and 2 losses.

5. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

Originally Posted by Dianan
"3-2" refers to the overall record of 3 wins and 2 losses.
Yes, I realise that, that's what I said. I was pointing out that saying a loss "dropped" them to 3-2 made it sound as if they had already been behind and the loss dropped them further. That's not the case. Before the game, they were in the lead 3-1 and now they're leading 3-2. That's not a "drop" in my opinion.

6. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

So,

"The recent loss put them to 3-2."
"The recent loss dropped them to 3-2."

7. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

Originally Posted by Dianan
So,

"The recent loss put them to 3-2."
"The recent loss dropped them to 3-2."
As I said in my first post, I would use "Their" not "The" at the beginning, and "loss" is singular so I would use the present tense "puts" as it's the current score you are talking about. I would also use "puts the score at" not "to".

8. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

'Their recent defeat means that they have now won three and lost two' is how I would say it.

I would understand neither of your suggested sentences to mean that.

I did not understand your meaning at all until you clarified the matter in post #4.

Rover

9. Re: Put The Team To 3-2

Originally Posted by Dianan
Suppose a sports team recently lost a game and their records is now 3-2.

"The recent loss put them to 3-2."
"The recent loss dropped them to 3-2."

Could one of them be incorrect?
I understood this when I read it. I would use "at" instead of "to" in the first sentence, but not in the second.

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