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    the meaning of these phrases

    I want to translate part of a story but I don't get exactly the meaning of boldfaced phrases here.

    They had fought each other to a standstill, because neither would give up, untill finally it was called a sort of draw-by-exhaustion.


    I'll be grateful if you help me with the meaning.

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    Re: the meaning of these phrases

    They were both so tired they couldn't do anything. It was a tie, because neither had the energy to keep fighting.
    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: the meaning of these phrases

    What about the clause 'because neither would give up'?
    Doesn't it contradict the previous clause?

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    Re: the meaning of these phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    What about the clause 'because neither would give up'?
    Doesn't it contradict the previous clause?
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    I don't think it's contradictory to the first clause, the second clause is the reason why they fought each other ceaselessly, but nobody could win the other, they continued fighting and there would be some time they didn't still have strength enough to continue fighting, they were both exhausted and nobody won. They made a draw-by-exhaustion. Hope you understand it, my sentences are not standard to follow but hope you can understand what I want to explain. :)

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    Re: the meaning of these phrases

    Thanks for your good explanation. I got it :)

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