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    to give somebody the (perfect) grounds to do something

    Hello,

    I can't bring myself to recall or find the correct expression to describe this following idea. (See I say the because I feel there's an specific one that's eluding me at the moment, though the online dictionary searches seem to point out it does not exist.)

    "She's crestfallen at the idea Joe might not be able to go back to his home at all now. It gives Wendy quite the perfect grounds for proposing a weekend-long visit to her parent's house, however."


    Can you see what I'm getting at here? Is that phrase okay? Because dictionaries show other meanings for the phrase 'give ground'.

    I want to say a situation going a certain (bad, unexpected) way allows for another to develop in its wake.

    As always, thank you for your help!
    Last edited by lolipop90; 20-Sep-2016 at 02:49. Reason: I wasnn't being clear enough. My bad!

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    Re: to give somebody the (perfect) grounds to do something

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
    Making the best of a bad situation.
    Make the best of it.
    When one door closes, another opens.


    Those are a few I can think of at the moment.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: to give somebody the (perfect) grounds to do something

    Do you mean:

    Go from bad to worse.
    Out of the frying pan; into the fire.

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    #4

    Re: to give somebody the (perfect) grounds to do something

    I'm afraid I forgot to underline the bit I was in doubt about. I'm so sorry! I meant to ask if the construction 'It gives Wendy quite the perfect grounds for' is acceptable or not. I'll edit it right away!

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    Re: to give somebody the (perfect) grounds to do something

    Yes, your construction is great.

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    Re: to give somebody the (perfect) grounds to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by lolipop90 View Post

    I can't bring myself to recall or find the correct expression to describe this following idea.
    If you can't bring yourself to do something, you are most reluctant to do it; you won't/can't do it. What you intended to say was simply I can't recall ... , or possibly No matter how hard I try, I can't recall ... .

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