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    No words are needed. We all here took an oath

    Here I have some doubts. Help me, please, to correct the mistakes, if there are some. The text is to be archaic:

    ARDEYA
    We are grateful for your help. We would be dead if…
    MSTISLAV
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    No words are needed. We all here took an oath to die protecting those who need to be protected… and one of those boys delivered his oath…

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    Re: No words are needed. We all here took an oath

    He fulfilled his oath, I think.

    But there are some logic problems. Must they die? Or simply protect them, with their lives as necessary?

    Because if he's a really good protector and keeps them both alive until they die of old age, he would have failed to fulfill his oath as you have written it.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 16-Dec-2012 at 17:42.
    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: No words are needed. We all here took an oath

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    He fulfilled his oath, I think.

    But there are some logic problems. Must they die? Or simply protect them, with their lives as necessary?

    Because if he's a really good protector and keep them both alive until their die of old age, he would have failed to fulfill his oath as you have written it.
    Well, I thought that if a soldier promissed to give away his life and he actually did this after all, he fulfilled his promiss. But I understand your concern and I agree that the abstract sounds a little bit... ambiguous or how to say... it gives ground for speculations.

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    Re: No words are needed. We all here took an oath

    I've fixed the typos in my original, by the way.
    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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