a spark of potential

Formosa/Chinese
#1
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
#2
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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