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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Foregone Conclusion" nghĩa là gì?

St. Matthew's Cathedral and 'Nuns of the Battlefield' -- the American Civil War Memorial to Catholic Nuns Who Aided Wounded Soldiers on Battlefields and in Hospitals. Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell.

'Foregone Conclusion' động từ to forego, có nghĩa là dự tính trước, biết trước. Conclusion là kết luận, kết thúc. Foregone Conclusion là một kết quả có thể dự đoán trước được.

Ví dụ
Susana had worked as the assistant manager (phụ tá quản lý) in the store for three years. When the boss decided to take a job with another company, most of us assumed (cho rằng) Susana would be getting a promotion. It seemed a foregone conclusion (kết luận có thể dự đoán trước). But our predictions (đoán) were wrong. A new manager with more experience was hired instead.

Some historians believe that the American Civil War was far from a foregone conclusion. In their view, it wasn’t clear at all that the North was going to beat (đánh bại) the South. It’s true that the North had a larger population and greater resources. But, they argue, the South had the advantage (lợi thế) of fighting on their own soil (ngay trên quê hương). And they had the most experienced generals.

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