(a little) beyond questioning

bluelights

Senior Member
"Castellano, Argentina"
Hello!

Would it be correct for me to write the following: "Lee had never truly liked green tea but when the renowned English soldier came up to him offering a 'cuppa', he found himself a little beyond questioning."

The meaning would be that he felt a bit overcome by that particular situation and, therefore, he'd be willing to accept the cup of tea.

Thank you in advance :)
 
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    Senior Member
    American English
    The problem is, what is he questioning? The gesture? His dislike of green tea? Neither is in question, I believe.
     

    bluelights

    Senior Member
    "Castellano, Argentina"
    Questioning whether to accept something he doesn't much like or not. Imagine a scene where Lee can see people preparing tea already beforehand and he's repulsed but then this soldier comes and he's like 'Oh, well. If he's the one offering it I guess I'll just be polite and take it..." Does that make it clearer? Thank you for such prompt answer, by the way!
     

    waltern

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    "Beyond questioning" does not work here for me - perhaps "he found himself unable to refuse."
     
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