no amount of pressure

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no amount of pressure

Post by azz » Fri May 11, 2018 9:18 am

Can one say
a. He gave in under no amount of pressure.

What does it mean?

Does it mean he gave in without being under pressure?

Many thanks.

Re: no amount of pressure

Post by tony h » Fri May 11, 2018 5:47 pm

Dear Azz,
(kindly) as a pre-script. My head gets bothered by your question "can one say". Clearly one can say it. After all, I can say "whee pop yeah". The question is, surely, "does this mean anything?" or, "does this make sense?" or "is this grammatically correct?" or "would this phrasing appear in normal conversation?". I am quite prepared for the possibility that my more learned friends may well say "can you say" is perfectly adequate, nay, perfectly correct. But there you have it, my thought on the matter.

As for "He gave in under no amount of pressure". If this was an answer as part of a conversation I would be obliged to ask the speaker to elucidate. Without that advantage, I would suppose that maybe a mere request was sufficient for him to give in.

For your amusement: ... abberwocky
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