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    Question When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    Hi,

    Below is an example from Longman dictionary

    When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    Does the "weakened" mean "refused"?
    The dictionary explanation is "to make someone has less determined".

    Please help, thanks.

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    Re: When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    No. "He weakened" implies that, although he had previously felt that she should not be allowed to stay, he changed his mind at least to some extent: she should be allowed to stay temporarily at least, and possibly permanently.
    Last edited by probus; 19-Dec-2015 at 05:46.

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    Re: When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    Thank you, I have rethinking the sentence three times based on your answer, now fully understood. It should be easy to understand but sometimes I can't figure it out when thinking all in English.

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    Re: When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post

    The dictionary explanation is "to make someone has less determined".
    Are you sure you copied the dictionary explanation correctly? It doesn't make sense.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    It should be 'to become less determined'── quoted from www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/weaken

    I take 'he weakened' to mean 'he became less determined not to let her stay'.

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    I can't figure it out when thinking all in English.
    I can't think in English either.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It should be 'to become less determined'── quoted from www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/weaken
    I know what it should have said, Matthew but I asked the OP to check he/she had copied it correctly. We ask direct questions on purpose - not because we don't know the answer but because we want the OP to really look at what they write. Please stop jumping in.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When she begged him to let her stay, he weakened.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you sure you copied the dictionary explanation correctly? It doesn't make sense.
    After checking the explanation again from Longman dictionary, the original explanation is "to make someone less determined, or to become less determined".

    I have added the "has" by mistake. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.

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