Would you tell me what phrase you use for when someone finishes something, wins or beats someone not because of their skill or talent but rather their willpower? Is it natural to say on sheer willpower? For example:

John didn't have the skills to outbox his opponent, but he did it on sheer willpower.

Whether that is natural or not, what would you say in the context?

  • Your version is correct, and "... with/by sheer willpower" are more natural. You could also add "...alone." at the end
    – gotube
    Dec 29, 2021 at 9:29
  • The suggestions on how to reword the sentence are fine, but OP's original sentence already looks natural to me.
    – AnonFNV
    Dec 29, 2021 at 15:05

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