... or know the reason why!

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Syzygy

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German
Hello everyone,

I've come across the sentence "I'll beat him or know the reason why!"
Does reason refer to a potential justification of why the speaker wouldn't haven been able to defeat the other person or is it used in a different meaning here?
Is know actually in the first person singular here or is it maybe an imperative as in "you be prepared (for what I'll do)!"?

Thanks!
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    It indicates "I'm very determined that I will." And it's almost a threat (to Fate, or something). It suggests "if I don't, then by God I'm going to find out what stopped me . . ."
     
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