“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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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'