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    I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try.

    Matthew said, "Thanks for the kind feedback. My English wording leaves much to be desired."
    Tomcat replied, "I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try."

    Source: https://www.tenforums.com/network-sh...ml#post2169768

    I have read the following definition of "sympathy vote" but still do not get the meaning of "overcome your sympathy vote", as I have never cast a vote for anyone there.

    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dic.../sympathy-vote

    Does anyone know what it means?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Mar-2021 at 15:11. Reason: Removed the demand for only native speakers to respond
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    Re: I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try.

    It's a mystery to me. I speculate that Tomcat is not a native speaker and has misunderstood "sympathy vote."

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    Re: I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try.

    In my post #1, I said I should be the only non-native English speaker there. That is not a demand for only native speakers to respond.
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    Re: I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In my post #1, I said I could be the only non-native English speaker there. That is not a demand for only native speakers to respond.
    I suppose "sympathy vote" makes sense in the right context, but I don't see how it works there. (Maybe the person thinks the others sympathize with you because you are a non-native speaker. (People are often hard to figure out.))

    Long time no see!
    Last edited by Tarheel; 10-Mar-2021 at 16:35. Reason: Fix punctuation
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    Re: I cannot overcome your sympathy vote here. I won't try.

    The guy has used sympathy vote wrong, so you're not going to make sense of it by looking in dictionaries.

    I think he's saying that you're unfairly looking for sympathy by claiming to be a non-native speaker.

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