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    #1

    There is nothing left but...

    There is nothing left but to go.


    Is the sentence above correct? If it is not, would you correct it please.

    Thanks for your help.

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    #2

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    It's grammatically correct but I can't think why you want to use it.

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    #3

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    Why? Does it make sound illogical? For example:

    'He has nothing left but to win this game.'

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    #4

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    What do you think it means?
    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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    #5

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    In my opinion it's like, he has to win this game, he has no other chance. He has no valuable thing no longer except for winning this game.

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    #6

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    You could say "He can but win" meaning it's the only option, but it's not very natural.
    More likely is something like "He absolutely must win this game!"
    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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    #7

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    There is nothing left but to go.
    I don't think it's right. You might mean "There is nothing left to do but [to] go".
    "There is nothing left to do but [to] win the game."
    "To win the game is the only thing left to do."
    But then you seem to be saying that that's not your intended meaning. You actually want to say that if he doesn't win the game, nothing at all is left anywhere for him, and perhaps for others. In that case, we don't express it like that in English.
    "There's nothing left for him in life if he doesn't win the game."
    "If we doesn't win the game, he might as well shoot himself."
    This doesn't happen so often, so that probably led to the misunderstanding of your sentence.

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    Re: There is nothing left but...

    So, we can say that the sentence which ''He has nothing left but to win this game'' has a close meaning with the sentence "He absolutely must win this game!", am I right?

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    #9

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    So, we can say that the sentence which ''He has nothing left but to win this game'' has a close meaning with the sentence "He absolutely must win this game!", am I right?
    Sorry Raymott, I have not seen your answer before I sent this message.

    It is okay now.

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    #10

    Re: There is nothing left but...

    As a matter of fact, I wanted to say the first one which is "There is nothing left to do but [to] go''.

    Thanks for your help.

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