Let's say you are storytelling a haunted mansion's ghost stories. In the middle of your story you say:

Many had tried to brave out a night in the mansion, but nobody lasted before midnight.(my sentence construction)


Many had tried to brave through a night in the mansion, but nobody lasted before midnight.(excerpt)

From my Google search, I think the ''brave out'' is correct=who endure a difficult/unpleasant situation, and I believe the ''brave through'' is wrongly used by the unknown online writer(I think, but not sure hehe, more likely not a native englishman) Which is really correct?

  • I guess you meant "but nobody lasted until/past midnight". – user3169 May 9 '18 at 5:22
  • Do ''before midnight'' and ''past midnight'' not the same? – John Arvin May 9 '18 at 9:26
  • You have to include "nobody lasted". "Nobody lasted past midnight" means everyone dropped out by midnight." In "Nobody lasted before midnight", can you say what time (range) it was when the last person dropped out? – user3169 May 9 '18 at 23:06
  • The time range is before midnight, so it is before 12mn, is this not clear? – John Arvin May 10 '18 at 2:41
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    OK, but I still don't think it is the best way to say that. The phrase adds an expectation that something will happen after midnight. For example - "We had a light dinner last night, but nobody ate dessert before midnight." (They probably ate the dessert after midnight.) – user3169 May 10 '18 at 17:02

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