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    would sooner go out with a gun that watch a football match

    I'd sooner go out with a gun than watch a football match. This sentence comes from COLLINS COBUILD USAGE about the use of 'watch'. But I don't quite understand what exactly the sentence means. Does it mean roughly 'I would rather do anything but watch a football match'? Does 'go out with a gun' mean 'go out with a gun to rob or shoot someone' literally?

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    Re: would sooner go out with a gun that watch a football match

    I have no idea. The two statements have no connection for me.

    I might say "I'd sooner have a root canal than a watch a football match (assuming that means soccer). If it means American football, I take it back.

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    Re: would sooner go out with a gun that watch a football match

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    I'd sooner go out with a gun than watch a football match.

    This passage is taken from the book "Akenfield", by Ronald Blythe. Here, "go out with a gun" means to go out shooting pheasants and pigeons etc. So the speaker is saying that he would rather go hunting than watch a football match.

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    Re: would sooner go out with a gun that watch a football match

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I have no idea. The two statements have no connection for me.

    I might say "I'd sooner have a root canal than a watch a football match (assuming that means soccer). If it means American football, I take it back.
    Just for info, in BrE, we don't say "have a root canal". We say "have root canal work done".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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