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Context: Two people are having a light saber fight in Star Wars.

"Realizing the fight could go on indefinitely, he decided to switch up his strategy." (in a book)

Does this mean "Realizing the fight has the ability (has the possibility) to go on indefinitely, he decided to switch up his strategy."

He realized this as they were just going back and forth as they had the same technique.

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Does "could" mean "would" in this scenario? Why or why not?

I don't really understand this as how can a fight go on forever? It's just not possible. Can someone tell me the meaning fot his sentence? Is it sarcasm?

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  • It's just a way of saying that neither combatant had an obvious advantage, given the technique currently being used. – user888379 Jul 22 '20 at 21:41
  • I thought this was asked before. – Xanne Jul 22 '20 at 21:54
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    See indefinitely. – Yosef Baskin Jul 22 '20 at 22:08
  • Indefinitely does not mean forever. (Did you consult a dictionary?) – nnnnnn Jul 23 '20 at 0:08
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    Asked and closed 7 days ago. english.stackexchange.com/questions/540846/… – Xanne Jul 23 '20 at 1:52
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Does this mean "Realizing the fight has the ability (has the possibility) to go on indefinitely, he decided to switch up his strategy."

Yes. That's what it means.

He realized this as they were just going back and forth as they had the same technique.

Let me rewrite this sentence for clarity:

He realized this since they were just going back and forth since they had the same strategy.

Does this preserve the meaning as you intend it?

(I dislike the use of as as a synonym for since. It's confusing.)

Anyhow, whether they are using the same strategy is not stated or implied.

Does "could" mean "would" in this scenario? Why or why not?

No. There's a slight difference: Would means it will go on forever. Could means only that it's possible.

I don't really understand this as how can a fight go on forever? It's just not possible. Can someone tell me the meaning fot his sentence? Is it sarcasm?

Not sarcasm. The idea is that a fight would go on forever if the two sides were evenly matched. Thus, there would be no winner and no end to the fight.

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