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    grammar

    I've got a grammar question.

    Beavis and Butthead were taking part in a candy sale contest and coach Buzzcut said, "remember, you are competing against other classes and I'll be damned if my class's gonna lose".

    It's a colloquialism but it should be: I'll be damned if my class loses.
    Right?
    Last edited by retro; 19-Jul-2007 at 03:50.

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I've got a grammar question.

    Beavis and Butthead were taking part in a candy sale contest and coach Buzzcut said, "remember, you are competing against other classes and I'll be damned if my class's gonna lose".

    It's a colloquialism but it should be: I'll be damned if my class loses.
    Right?
    No, it's fine and follows general grammar rules for "be going to". When we see future events as " a sure thing" we often use "be going to". Here, the coach's comment is "it is not going to happen". He's saying that the team's losing is not a sure thing. He will assure that they do not lose by making plans (not/be going to) bring it about.

    He's saying "I'll be damned if I am going to let them lose."

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