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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 4:38:05 AM
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The heat is truly on. Defending champions Mumbai Indians had only just about strengthened their bid for playoffs a tad by breaking into the top-four of the points table with back-to-back wins over KKR but even before they take the field next, they've been thrown out of the elite club. And they have a resurgent Rajasthan Royals breathing down their neck.

http://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/102004/rr-mi-face-off-as-race-for-top-four-heats-up

Pleased explain the use of past perfect tense "had" and its meaning and also "just about"
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 11:09:17 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
The heat is truly on. Defending champions Mumbai Indians had only just about strengthened their bid for playoffs a tad by breaking into the top-four of the points table with back-to-back wins over KKR but even before they take the field next, they've been thrown out of the elite club. And they have a resurgent Rajasthan Royals breathing down their neck.

http://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/102004/rr-mi-face-off-as-race-for-top-four-heats-up

Pleased explain the use of past perfect tense "had" and its meaning and also "just about"


'had' indicates an accomplished action. So the champions accomplished something. The next part 'only' indicates one thing. Now we come to 'just about', which is a common wording that means 'barely', or 'almost'.

So putting it all together, the champions accomplished one thing, almost strengthening their bid for playoffs by getting into the top-four of the points table, but they've been thrown out of the elite club.

The way we would imagine it is: the team struggles upward towards their goal, and almost makes it, but not quite.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 11:17:28 AM
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