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Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:54:48 AM

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he who hesitates is lost
(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Question: What does is lost mean?

thar
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:05:46 AM

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Firstly,

What do you think?


This is an adage. It is not describing a person, it is a warning, wisdom that has been passed down generations.
What sort of wisdom do you think it is, that a saying might contain?

he who hesitates is.......


you know the various meanings of lost, so you have to think metaphorically. What makes the most sense as an adage. Remember this will be using old language.

a person doesn't know where they are
soldiers are killed
a ship has sunk
a city or territory is captured by the enemy in war
the opposition won the match

putting all of those together, what do you think 'lost' will mean here.

(You are only doing what every native speaker does - put together the clues to reach a conclusion.)
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:25:22 AM

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Thanks, thar.

My guess is this:

he who hesitates is lost
=
hesitations may have adverse consequences.

thar
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:41:31 AM

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Absolutely.

ie - you have to be bold

(I guess the same adage from the other perspective is 'Who dares wins')

If you hesitate (do nothing, or wait too long before doing something) ,bad things happen. At (edited) worst you die (the lion catches you), but in less literal situations - you fail, you miss that opportunity - just, as you say, adverse consequences.
Staying safe never helps you achieve your goals.



Of course it is not always good advice to follow. Sometimes hesitating and waiting to see what happens is the best option.
In BASE jumping, let the other guy go first. Whistle
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:56:31 AM

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thar wrote:

(I guess the same adage from the other perspective is 'Who dares wins')

Thanks.

Are the following sentences correct?

(a) Whoever dares wins.

(b) He who dares wins.

Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 4:36:48 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:
thar wrote:

(I guess the same adage from the other perspective is 'Who dares wins')

Thanks.

Are the following sentences correct?

(a) Whoever dares wins.

(b) He who dares wins.



Yes.
Who Dares Wins is famously the motto of the British special forces regiment the SAS.


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The headstone of SAS soldier in Les Ormes Commonwealth Cemetery.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:34:14 AM

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Thanks, Sarrriesfan.

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