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    What does "to weight the arguments" mean? To assess the value/importance of the arguments?

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    Re: weight

    Yes, evaluate them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: weight

    Yes, evaluate them. But the correct way to say the expression (at least in my part of the world) is "weigh the arguments" instead of "weight..."

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    Re: weight

    "Weigh" is the normal phrase meaning to evaluate, but things can be "weighted" as well. As in a weighted average. This is to assign higher priorities (weights) to different factors in a decision/calculation.

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    Re: weight

    Sorry, I didn't notice that.
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    Re: weight

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Weigh" is the normal phrase meaning to evaluate, but things can be "weighted" as well. As in a weighted average. This is to assign higher priorities (weights) to different factors in a decision/calculation.
    So "to weight certain arguments" would mean to give them more importance than some other arguments?

    weigh arguments = evaluate/assess arguments

    weight arguments = give priority/importance to arguments

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    Re: weight

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    So "to weight certain arguments" would mean to give them more importance than some other arguments?

    weigh arguments = evaluate/assess arguments

    weight arguments = give priority/importance to arguments
    In theory, yes. I don't think we would actually weight arguments in practice, possibly because it might sound as if we had chosen the word mistakenly.

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