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    In the presence of

    Hi

    About how I can use the sentence: "in the presence of"?
    I was thinking of this context: "In the presence of his responsabilities", meaning somebody who is being judged because he committed a crime. Is there something wrong with this specific context?

    Thanks.

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    Re: In the presence of

    Quote Originally Posted by Interventizio View Post
    Hi

    About how I can use the sentence: "in the presence of"?
    I was thinking of this context: "In the presence of his responsibilities", meaning somebody who is being judged because he committed a crime. Is there something wrong with this specific context?

    Thanks.

    We would normally say, "in the light of...."

    "In the presence of" means to do something when someone, usually named, is there, but even then it's a bit old-fashioned.

    You could something like, "He said I was lazy in the presence of my boss", but you'd be more likely to say, "..when my boss was there."

    So for crimes, you'd say, "In the light of his past record....."

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    Question Re: In the presence of

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    We would normally say, "in the light of...."
    In the light of OR in light of ("In light of circumstances" is an often used phrase.)


    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    "He said I was lazy in the presence of my boss", but you'd be more likely to say, "..when my boss was there."
    What about "in front of my boss"?

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    Re: In the presence of

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    In the light of OR in light of ("In light of circumstances" is an often used phrase.)



    What about "in front of my boss"?

    That's fine!

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    Re: In the presence of

    We could possibly use 'Given his record...'

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