The text:

"Destroy HADES with the Master Override - Those machines down, it's finally time to put an end to the Corruption and take down HADES. Walk over to the panicking program and give it a good old jab with your Master Override Lance, and it's job done."

is an excerpt fro this link:


I can't make sense of "Those machines down" of connect it to anything the way it is. If there was a word: "bring" or "are" alike in:

"Bring those machines down"


"Those machines are down"

then a could wrap my head around it

is this phrase incomplete?

  • It's gamer talk, which does not have obey any rules of grammar. It probably means 'once those machines are down". Oct 3 at 15:56
  • It's very peculiar phrasing. The specific text Those machines down is effectively "short for" Once / Now that those machines are down (taken out of action). But that's rather "formal / literary" phrasing, which doesn't sit at all well with extremely colloquial give it a good old jab. Maybe it's as @MichaelHarvey implies - gamers aren't necessarily competent writers of English. Plus they may often get their "linguistic registers" mixed up when there's added confusion coming from the "other-worldly" fantasy world within which they play. Oct 3 at 16:42

We can introduce the topic of a completed action or event with 'Once' and a verb phrase, e.g. 'those machines are down', 'the monster was dead'. We can omit 'once' and the verb, so 'The machines down, we can [do something]', or 'The monster dead, we were able to escape'.

  • Or it might be "with those machines down", following on from the previous episode in which you had to take down some machines.
    – James K
    Oct 3 at 16:08
  • I would think of it as short for 'those machines being down" or "now tthat thsoe machines are down" Oct 3 at 16:27

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