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    Question Usage of "second" (about support)

    Hello! Could someone elucidate the usage of "second" for me? What is the difference between "second" and "support"?

    From the definition of Cambridge Dictinary as below, it seems "second" is associate with " a formal statement", meeting while "support" is not necessary about these. Am I right? Thanks!

    second (SUPPORT) verb [T]
    to make a formal statement of support for a suggestion made by someone else during a meeting so that there can be a discussion or vote:
    eg1: SPECIALIZED The motion was proposed by the club's chairwoman and seconded by the secretary.

    eg2: "I could do with a drink." "I'll second that (= I agree with you)!"

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    Default Re: Usage of "second" (about support)

    I think in a formal meeting if some one proposes something there needs to be a voting member to be a "seconder", this shows for the record (minutes) that there is support for the proposal. Obviously if there were no seconder, there is no support for the proposal, no voting is necessary. The regulations of the meeting might require that a vote be cast and some majority of supporters must be counted for the proposal to go ahead. So there can be more than one supporter, but only one is required to be the seconder.

    The above idea may be carried over for mundane use, jokingly. For example someone in the office suggests that they finish work for the day and meet at a local pub for a quick drink. Another worker says "I'll second that".... meaning that she supports the idea.

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    Default Re: Usage of "second" (about support)

    Hello Mxreader,

    Thank you for your elucidation. I am clear about it.

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    Default Re: Usage of "second" (about support)

    Hello.

    I have a further question about the joking use of "second."

    Given that in a forum website I was writing a reply post, in which I meant to support someone's idea, can I write "I second XXX"? or I should write "I second XXX's idea/though/remark"?

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    Default Re: Usage of "second" (about support)

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Hello.

    I have a further question about the joking use of "second."

    Given that in a forum website I was writing a reply post, in which I meant to support someone's idea, can I write "I second XXX"? or I should write "I second XXX's idea/though/remark"?
    OK good, keep applying. Nothing like trying things out. In your situation I might simply say "I'll second that" provided everyone knows what I mean by "that".

    I think the great majority of people understand this expression but perhaps not everyone, so its something you need to consider.

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