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    Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    Why do some teachers consider the phrase IN FAIRNESS wrong? As in these sentences: 1) Smoking is dangerous to your health. In Fairness, some smokers reach up to 90. 2) Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both ugly. In fairness, their daughters are very beautiful.

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    I hear the phrase 'in all fairness' being used more often, but not 'in fairness'.

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by daddyjohn View Post
    Why do some teachers consider the phrase IN FAIRNESS wrong? As in these sentences: 1) Smoking is dangerous to your health. In Fairness, some smokers reach up to 90. 2) Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both ugly. In fairness, their daughters are very beautiful.

    Thank you very much for your assistance.
    I really don't know, DJ. Teachers can be wrong about a lot of things.

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    In all fairness is the usual collocation.

    "In fairness" - particularly with reference to the daughters - could mean their complexion.

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by daddyjohn View Post
    Why do some teachers consider the phrase IN FAIRNESS wrong? As in these sentences:
    1) Smoking is dangerous to your health. In Fairness, some smokers reach up to 90.

    2) Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both ugly. In fairness, their daughters are very beautiful.
    Because the phrase In fairness takes the prepositional phrase to (someone):
    Ex: In all fairness to my fellow researchers, they are ...

    Ex: In (all) fairness (to my fellow reseachers), my fellow researchers are ...
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    Note that, in all fairness is a set phrase, which is why all is often omit.

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    You could use 'to be fair'and avoid the problem (if there is much of one).

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could use 'to be fair'and avoid the problem (if there is much of one).
    How apropo. In all fairness ~ to be fair are used for just that very reason.

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    Re: Why do some teachers consider IN FAIRNESS wrong?

    I think some teachers may warn their students to avoid 'in [all] fairness' because anyone who uses it runs the risk of mis-relating a clause. Such teachers would probably accept 'In all fairness, I should probably add that some dogs don't hate cats' but not 'In all fairness, some dogs don't hate cats' (because the subject of 'being fair' is not the dogs, but I). Suggesting that the second is somehow 'ungrammatical' ignores the importance of context, but it happens.

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