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' I haven't been skiing - it's never really appealed. '

I suppose the sentence above is complete since it is from a well-known dictionary, however I cannot understand the second part of it, after the dash.

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It's never really appealed is another way of saying that it has never attracted me or I have never been attracted to it.

So the sentence is saying that the person concerned has never been skiing, mainly (or partly) because s/he has never found the prospect attractive or tempting. S/he has never desired to go skiing.

They are really two sentences (or related statements), separated by a dash instead of a semi-colon or full stop (period).

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  • ' - it has never really appealed to me. ' Is it correct to write it this way? – user105579 Mar 11 '20 at 9:49
  • @zigzag yes. Adding the "to me" would be 100% appropriate. – kaipmdh Mar 11 '20 at 9:52
  • @zigzag Yes, it's quite correct, but optional. In context, to me is understood so it is not necessary to spell it out. – Ronald Sole Mar 11 '20 at 10:52

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