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What is the meaning of '' as it were '' ?
sentence : We do not start and invent, as it were, on a piece of paper, these new chemicals.
Is it conditional ?
Why not '' as it was '' ?
They had some role in producing these chemicals, but not that of the first to create them- maybe they developed them or were the first to manufacture them, etc, or had no choice but to use them.