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    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by erebh, Apr 23, 2013.

    Hi guys, stuck in my battle scene

    If it's 2 V 1, my side has 'numerical' advantage right

    What if it's 1 V 1, but one guy has a 10 foot pole while the other guy has a dagger. What advantage does the guy with the pole have? Proximity advantage? Spacial advantage? Range advantage? grrrr.

    thanks in advance
     
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    Are you just after one word to describe the advantage?

    Reach.
     
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    Thanks Swampdog, I want to desribe his advantage, such as the first scenario, they had numerical advantage.

    Something like.... with his 10 foot pole he clearly had ______________ advantage - nothing seems to sound right for me
     
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    In this given instance, I really don't think you need to describe what kind of advantage it is. I think you can assume your readers are intelligent enough to know that the ten foot pole has an advantage over a dagger and why. Simply stating that it was an advantage (or even using character thought or body language to show hesitance when they see the weapon) will get the message across just fine.
     
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    n tight quarters, the guy with the knife can have the advantage, once he gets inside that reach range. The pole can't develop much momentum without room to swing without obstructions.
     
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    They haven't entered the battlezone yet, dagger man knows he has to get in tight because of pole man's ________________ advantage
     
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    Like SwampDog, the best I can come up with is "reach." Sports commentators talk about a boxer's reach. But I also agree with you that "reach advantage" sounds odd in the examples you gave. What if you turn it into a phrase?

    "...with his 10 foot pole he clearly had the advantage of reach."

    Or must it be an adjective?
     
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    I think "reach advantage" works. I'd use it.
     
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    I think the word 'advantage' is a redundancy. Reach implies advantage, anyway. I wouldn't get hung up on it. And is the length of the pole critical?

    Jock Strapp kept his attacker at bay with a barge pole... (length implied);
    With the pole in his hand, his attacker couldn't get close - reader's imagination fills in all the blanks [but then when the knife gets thrown...]

    Some thoughts.
     

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