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misssmith

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Italian
I don't understand if the sentence 'An elf can only travel to the Otherside on so many occasions before time masters his body' means that he can make a lot of journeys there or, on the contrary, only few. I know it's party time, but if you could help me...
Thanks a lot and happy new year!
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  • SweetSoulSister

    Senior Member
    American English
    This form is used to express a person's limitations.
    Easy example:
    I can only carry so many boxes before I break my back!
    I have a limitation. If I go over my limit, my back will break.

    Impersonal form, easy example:
    A person can only carry boxes on so many occasions/so many times before he breaks his back!
    He has a limitation. If he goes over his limitation, his back will break.

    Now your example:
    An elf can only travel to the Otherside on so many occasions/so many times before time masters his body.
    The elf has limitations. If he goes over his limitation, time will master his body.

    Your question: Is his limit a few or a lot? Probably a few, or at least relatively few.

    Now go rock on sister Smith!!! And you too, Oz!
     
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