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    go-round

    Hi there,

    Could anyone help me with the underlined part in the following context?

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    "For whatever reason, it was Tom's time to die this go-round, and he belonged there, with God."

    BTW, the above sentence is an excerpt from a novel.

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    Re: go-round

    Quote Originally Posted by IQU3838 View Post
    Hi there,

    Could anyone help me with the underlined part in the following context?

    Thank you very much.

    "For whatever reason, it was Tom's time to die this go-round, and he belonged there, with God."

    BTW, the above sentence is an excerpt from a novel.
    I've never seen it with a hyphen before but that doesn't mean it's wrong. It's hard to define so I will put it in terms of a game of cards:

    If there are 4 people playing cards and each round consists of each one of them putting one card on the table, then once there are 4 cards on the table then that was a "go round". Then once there are 8 cards on the table, that was another "go round".

    It's like a carousel (fairground ride). One entire circuit would be a "go round".

    Another example: a group of 8 students are sitting in a circle. The teacher says that they will now go round the group and each student has to say the name of a flower. The teacher points at one student who becomes number 1. They go round the group until each one of them has said the name of a flower. On the next "go round" the teachers tells them all to say a boy's name. After 8 names, the teacher says "OK, on the next go round, I want you all to say the name of an animal."

    In your excerpt, it basically means that it was his turn to die. Without knowing the rest of the book, I don't know if other people have died in the book and it's saying that this "go round" Tom dies. Perhaps on the last "go round" someone else died.

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    Re: go-round

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    This time was the time that Tom was to die. Depending on what the larger context is, it almost sounds as though Tom would die this time (this go-round) and may live again. The critical part of the term is "this". "this" points to the possibility of there being more than one "go-round". Do you sense this possibility in the novel?
    Yes, in the novel, lots of people die at different times, so, you got the exact point. Thank you very much.

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