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    #1

    hold promise as

    Dear Friends,

    What does the following mean:

    This theory holds promise as an answer to this question

    Thank you.

    Csika

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    Re: hold promise as

    Not a teacher only a native.

    The sentence means that the theory is potentailly right to answer the question.

    For example, if a scientist had just come up with a new theory to prevent a disease, then you could say 'it holds promise'. The theory has been tested and seems to work, though it hasn't been proved conclusively.

    Another example could be if you were testing a car to see if it would reach 100mph. If you reached 90mph with ease, you could say the car holds promise that it could reach 100mph.

    Hope this helps.

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