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Old February 21, 2011, 02:10 PM
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A clash ensued

Does this sentence mean that the clash started or that it went on?

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Old February 21, 2011, 02:20 PM
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Does this sentence mean that the clash started or that it went on?

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To ensue means to follow, from L. insequi, so the clash started, but following on (and caused by) something else.

There was a small collision between two cars. The drivers got out and started arguing, and a fight ensued.
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Old February 22, 2011, 03:19 AM
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To ensue means to follow, from L. insequi, so the clash started, but following on (and caused by) something else.

There was a small collision between two cars. The drivers got out and started arguing, and a fight ensued.
So, seguir (from Latin sequi). You're not so far from having a Romance language.

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