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    take defeat lightly

    Make me a teacher, O Lord, who will show my students the strength to face weakness, the courage to face themselves in times of fear, the grace to take defeat lightly/well, and the humility and gentleness in having moments of triumph.


    Hi,
    The above is a test question for high school kids here. Which fits better in the context, lightly or well? Thanks,

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    Re: take defeat lightly

    I'd use "well". We generally take something well or we take it badly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: take defeat lightly

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'd use "well". We generally take something well or we take it badly.
    Thanks, emsr2s2, for your reply, but can you tell me the reason why "take defeat lightly" doesn't work.

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    Re: take defeat lightly

    "The humility and gentleness in having moments of triumph" is unnatural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: take defeat lightly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "The humility and gentleness in having moments of triumph" is unnatural.
    Thanks, GoesStation, for your concern, and I know it doesn't sound natural. However, my question is why "take defeat lightly" doesn't work here.

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    Re: take defeat lightly

    If you take defeat lightly, you don't take it very seriously. Taking things lightly is more often used in the negative in an approving way. If you don't take something lightly, you don't shrug it off without thought; you give it the attention it deserves.

    The loser took his defeat well. He congratulated his opponent and thanked his supporters. But he didn't take it lightly He knew he hadn't been ready for this contest, a mistake he wouldn't make again.

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