...was one of the most closely fought affairs...


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I cannot understand these words in the sentence. " Last week's match between Newhaven and Shorthouse was was one of the most closely fought affairs to have been seen for many years.'
Was there a fight? "fought" is a noun or verb here?
Can you help?
  • ewie

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    Hello Belissimo. Rival teams are sometimes said to fight matches.
    There was a match / which was fought / closely.
    i.e. the match was very 'close' ~ there was little difference between the two sides
    so it was a closely-fought match [affair]. Here affair is just another way of saying 'thing/event'.

    Does that help?
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