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    Default I have no choice for favorable disposition of the expression "of course"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to express your partiality for one of the following three sentences?

    Of course itís dangerous, and particularly so for you.

    And Iíd done my best, of course, to prevent her.

    Thatís important, of course.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: I have no choice for favorable disposition of the expression "of course"

    Partiality in what way? They are all correct sentences, with acceptable meanings.

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    Default Re: I have no choice for favorable disposition of the expression "of course"

    It might depend on the degree of assumption; end placement can sometimes be used to include the listener in a more conspiratorial or superior way.

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    Default Re: I have no choice for favorable disposition of the expression "of course"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It might depend on the degree of assumption; end placement can sometimes be used to include the listener in a more conspiratorial or superior way.
    The way to test that scientifically would be to use controlled sentences:
    Do these all have the same effect?:

    And Iíd done my best, of course, to prevent her.
    And of course, Iíd done my best to prevent her.
    And Iíd done my best to prevent her, of course.

    I'd say it depends on the intonation in speech. In writing, the last one could appear to be an afterthought.

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