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    Smile as best I can tell it

    Hello.
    Would you tell me what the underlined part means?
    Please help! Thank you.


    Dear Reader
    As best I can tell it, this is our story. Many years have passed, and I would like to report that Kony and his LRA no longer exist, but that would not be true....

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    Re: as best I can tell it

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hello.
    Would you tell me what the underlined part means?
    Please help! Thank you.


    Dear Reader
    As best I can tell it, this is our story. Many years have passed, and I would like to report that Kony and his LRA no longer exist, but that would not be true....
    'This is my story - told to the best of my ability/as well as I can.' 'As best I can...' is an almost archaic format, that a lot of people try (incorrectly) to 'repair' in the form 'as best as I can.' You'll make an old man very happy if you avoid this tendency (which I imagine some benighted heathens may well try to defend).

    b

    PS This format is often used with a subjunctive: 'We must deal with it as best we may' = '... as well as we can'.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jun-2011 at 20:00. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: as best I can tell it

    Thanks a lot!

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