a spark of potential


The coach spied a spark of potential in the plain-looking boy.

I wonder how much is a spark of potential; is it a small bit of or a great amount of potential? Thanks.
  • WongFeiHung

    Senior Member
    USA English
    First off, I'd say "spotted" instead of spied here.
    And a 'spark of potential' in a boy would mean the beginnings of a great life, that the coach can see that the boy is going to be somebody one day. Because he's just a boy, I guess his full potential can't be calculated, but he has the beginning signs of a lot of potential
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