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dn88

Senior Member
Polish
Hi again,

I'm positive that Spain will win tonight's match.

How to transform this sentence using "foregone"? My attempt:

Spain's victory in tonight's match is a foregone conclusion to me.

Is there a better way to say that? Is my paraphrase acceptable?

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    Yes, I think it's acceptable. However, the "to me" at the end doesn't sound quite natural to me. Note when I just used "to me" it was matched to a statement of perception: "it doesn't sound", "it doesn't seem", "it doesn't feel like". Then again, if you were to say "to me" at the beginning it would sound better - at the end like that, without a connection to an expressed feeling in the sentence, it sounds tacked on. I would use something like "as far as I'm concerned" at the end of a statement like this.

    Still, that is not really your question. The use of "foregone conclusion" is perfect.
     

    dn88

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Thank you Matching Mole. Actually I wanted to "personalise" the opinion in the shortest way possible. :)
     
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