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    Please help me to understand this sentence

    Hi,
    I'm reading a book and there's one sentence I don't quite understand, especially for the phrase "to suggest otherwise" in the sentence as shown below:

    "Every attempt by Cameron or Osborne to suggest otherwise seemed merely to reinforce the idea that they were being less than ‘authentic’."

    Anyone please help me to explain it? Thanks so much!

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    Re: Please help me to understand this sentence

    This sentence must have an antecedent proposition or hypothesis, something that someone has claimed to be factual or true. To "suggest otherwise" is to propose an alternative.

    For example, I might claim that the climate change we seem to be experiencing is a result of human activities. If you disagree and propose another explanation you are "suggesting otherwise."
    Last edited by probus; 28-Jan-2013 at 05:35. Reason: correct typo

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    Re: Please help me to understand this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    This sentence must have an antecedent proposition or hypothesis, something that someone has claimed to be factual or true. To "suggest otherwise" it to propose an alternative.

    For example, I might claim that the climate change we seem to be experiencing is a result of human activities. If you disagree and propose another explanation you are "suggesting otherwise."
    I see, thank you so much!

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