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“You mustn’t let a few bad times dictate.” What does that mean? I read it somewhere.. but I can’t remember.. anyway “let a few bad times dictate”, this part a Little hard to understand for me

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  • What's the context? – Lawrence Feb 15 '18 at 13:40
  • It’s about a lover who spent hard time and they don’t wanna break up – Seokjin Feb 15 '18 at 13:50
  • google it: what do such and such lyrics mean – lbf Feb 15 '18 at 14:46
  • @Seokjin That sounds like the intended meaning of the quote: not to let those few bad times be the reason for their break-up. – Lawrence Feb 15 '18 at 15:24
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The line is incomplete - due to lacking a reference to what is being dictated too: e.g. A person , situation, etc.

But you can break down the statement:

"You" - The target of the statement

"Mustn't" - Contracted 'Must Not'

"Let" - Past tense of "Allow, permit, etc."

"A few" - A small number

"Bad" - In this case: 'adverse, difficult, inopportune, etc.'

"Times" - Periods

"Dictate" - 'control or decisively affect; determine'

  • How is let a past tense? It's simply an infinitive. – oerkelens Feb 15 '18 at 14:57

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