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I was reading an excerpt from story, and I'm having a discussion with my friend over the correct way to parse this line said by a certain character, let's call him 1, about character 2.

是个很普通就打赢了的对手哦

2 overhears this and reacts angrily.

The difficulty stems from the target of 打赢了.

I believe the line would translate to something like this:

It was very common to win against this opponent.

My friend tells me it's more like:

It's very common for this opponent to win.

But if character 2 reacts angrily, isn't that a provocation? Which would mean mine makes sense in the context. Any help with understanding the correct parsing will be awesome!

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"是个很普通就打赢了的" is an adjectival phrase for "对手"

是 - is (verb)

个 - a (classifier for the noun 对手)

很普通 (just easily) 打赢了(defeated)

的 (adjectival phrase marker)

对手- opponent [noun]

就 here means "just"

"打赢了的对手" = "defeated opponent"

"是个很普通(就)打赢了的对手" = "is (just) an easily defeated opponent"

'普通就' is short for '普通地打' (just fight normally)

Other example of '就' functions as 'just':

一美元(就)卖了 = sold (just) for one dollar

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是个很普通就打赢了的对手哦

Tang ho's analysis is correct. Semantically, the sentence is saying "One is such a opponent or contestant that can be defeated by normal playing(versus playing hard)". Put it another way: "I don't have to play hard to defeat him.".

It is indeed a provocation if you say that in front of your contestants or their supporters. So, your analysis is more correct than your friend's.

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