a trying afternoon

mimi2

Senior Member
vietnam vietnamese
Hi,
"It has been a trying afternoon, culminating at about six o’clock in the television breaking down."
When does it call “a trying afternoon”? Is it “ an evening was full of annoying things? And is “culminating in" replaced with “ending with” correctly?
Thanks.
 
  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Trying because it tries (tests) your patience.

    Culminating in is ending with, but with the idea that (bad) things have been piling up / accumulating all afternoon
     

    mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    Hi, SwissPete,
    Does it mean many bad things were accumulated in the afternoon and the TV breakdown is the last thing of it.
    Thank you.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Note that you could say that it had been a trying afternoon even if only one bad thing had happened before the TV failed. The point is that it was definitely not a fun afternoon up to that point. And what topped it off, what added insult to injury, was the broken TV.
     
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