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    #1

    meaninig of ..., as it were,.....

    Hi,

    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 '' ?

    Many thanks

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    #2

    Re: meaninig of ..., as it were,.....

    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.

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