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    Default It is felt that..

    Hi Teachers

    What means "It is felt ..." in the following sentence?

    It is felt that property taxes are extremely high.

    What English expression can I use to replace "it is felt that.." with ?

    Thank you in advance

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    'The consesus is that...' 'The popular opinion is that...' 'The general feeling is that...' 'Most people think that...'

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    Default Re: It is felt that..

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    'The consesus is that...' 'The popular opinion is that...' 'The general feeling is that...' 'Most people think that...'


    Hi Curmudgeon

    Thank you very much for clarifying that. I have one more question ,please. Is the expression "it is felt that.." common in spoken English or in written English ? Is it pretentious or common?

    Thank you again
    Keep in touch

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    "It is felt that" is formal and I would expect the use to be mainly in formal written English. I'd say it would run a high risk of sounding pretentious in spoken English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
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    "It is felt that" is formal and I would expect the use to be mainly in formal written English. I'd say it would run a high risk of sounding pretentious in spoken English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
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    "It is felt that" is formal and I would expect the use to be mainly in formal written English. I'd say it would run a high risk of sounding pretentious in spoken English.
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    Hi Philly

    Thank you very much for clarifying that. This sentence sounds pretentious to me, as well.

    Thank you again

    Teia

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    Teia -

    A quick correction of curmudgeon's typo: it's 'consensus'. You could also say 'The general opinion is that ...'.

    Sometimes people using this expression ('it is felt that') are trying to claim more support for something than they can prove. If I say 'n people feel that ...', then you can challenge me to justify the figure. I'm always very suspicious about any claim that starts 'it is felt that'; my knee-jerk reaction is to say 'Prove it.'

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    It sounds to me like the sort of sweeping claim a politician might make, especially one who wouldn't know what people feel.

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    Teia -

    A quick correction of curmudgeon's typo: it's 'consensus'. You could also say 'The general opinion is that ...'.

    Sometimes people using this expression ('it is felt that') are trying to claim more support for something than they can prove. If I say 'n people feel that ...', then you can challenge me to justify the figure. I'm always very suspicious about any claim that starts 'it is felt that'; my knee-jerk reaction is to say 'Prove it.'

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    Hi

    Thank you very much to all of you. I have learnt that the expression "it is felt that" sounds pretentious.
    Then, I ask myself [ and this is not for the first time] : "Why do examiners in my country choose such difficult items and place them on the exam papers? Are they aware of the difficulty of these phrases or not? "
    You don`t have to answer my inner thoughts or questions.
    Thank you again

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    I wouldn't myself agree that "it is/was felt that" is necessarily pretentious.

    The phrase is often used in the minutes of meetings, for instance, to record general agreement on a subject without necessarily committing those present to any particular resolution or course of action. It's often an understatement (e.g. those present may well have expressed extremely strong opinions on the subject). The impersonal structure is characteristic of minute-English, and useful if ungainly.

    For those who have the stomach for such things, here are many minutes of many meetings where this, that, and sometimes the other was felt:

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