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    What does "Win over someone" mean?

    What does "Win over someone" mean?

    1) I can't win you over. Is it a correct sentence?

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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    What does "win over someone" mean?

    1) I can't win you over.

    Is it that a correct sentence?
    The sentence is correct. However, why did you create a sentence if you didn't know what it meant? Did you look up "to win over" in dictionaries or in the phrasal verbs section of this forum?
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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

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    The sentence is correct. However, why did you create a sentence if you didn't know what it meant? Did you look up "to win over" in dictionaries or in the phrasal verbs section of this forum?

    To persuade someone to support something they were opposing earlier. Is it correct? Like "John won Samantha over to marry him".

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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    No. That's not a good example. You might say:

    She failed to see his good qualities at first, but he won her over.
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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    Or "John had proposed to Samantha ten times but she kept saying no. Eventually, he won her over! They're getting married next Saturday."
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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    To persuade someone to support something they were opposing earlier. Is it correct? Like "John won Samantha over to marry him".
    That doesn't tell us that she was opposing the marriage earlier- it has to be more explicit for the phrasal verb to work.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 18-Nov-2019 at 14:47. Reason: Insert a missing word.

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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

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    No. That's not a good example. You might say:

    She failed to see his good qualities at first, but he won her over.

    What is wrong with mine?

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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    John won Samantha over to marry him.

    There is no context to indicate that won her over would fit there. (You want convinced there.) The person is initially reluctant to agree with you, but through your powers of persuasion you get them to change their mind.

    Tufguy, you apparently haven't read the posts that come after yours.
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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    Post 3:
    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    To persuade someone to support something they were opposing earlier. Is it correct? Like "John won Samantha over to marry him".
    Post 6:
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    That doesn't tell us that she was opposing the marriage earlier- it has to be more explicit for the phrasal verb to work.
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    What is wrong with mine?
    The answer to your question in post #7 is very clearly contained in post #6. Either Tdol is psychic and knew what you were going to ask or you didn't actually read post #6 properly before asking.
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    Re: What does "Win over someone" mean?

    I do question my own psychic powers. I'd go for the not-reading-answers-properly version.

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