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    #1

    have it all to do

    He has had it all to do to beat his rival in the championship.

    What does the underlined part mean? "Is have it all to do" a fixed phrase? I cannot find it in a dictionary.

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    Jason

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    Re: have it all to do

    I'm not sure why the writer used the present perfect there. It would make more sense to just say "He has it all to do to beat his rival", on the assumption that the competition has not yet finished. It means that he has to make the most monumental effort he possibly can in order to win. It suggests (a little) that it will be very difficult for him to win.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Dec-2016 at 16:38. Reason: Oops! Fixed misread tense
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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