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    Sentence from News Article

    Hello people,

    I was reading a news artcle about Goldman Sachs and I wonder how to interpret this sentence.

    "Investers are probably prudent to remenber that, only last year, Goldman Sachs settled a huge securities fraud suit with the SEC"

    I thought it meant:
    Investers are likely to be smart enough...

    But I heard another interpretation:
    Investers had better remember...

    I know it's a subtle difference that won't change the core meaning but I would like to have it clarified as I could not see any connotation that should translate as "They had better..."
    If anything, perhaps my understanding of the word "prudent" is a bit weak..

    Any advice would be great to hear.
    Last edited by Kengo; 14-Jun-2011 at 01:57.

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    I have made a large journey throughout my young knowledge, and I found that prudent has to do with being sensible and careful with matters/issues which really deserve it.

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    I agree with you, Kengo. It doesn't say "They would be prudent to remember" or even "Prudent investors will remember" but rather it says they are probably prudent.

    I don't find it a well-written sentence.
    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: Sentence from News Article

    "Investers are probably prudent to remenber that, only last year, Goldman Sachs settled a huge securities fraud suit with the SEC"

    My interpretation:
    It is probable that investers will take into consideration Goldman Sachs's last year securities fraud suit with the SEC before they take their plans to action. They will think it twice before investing on his company or whatever Sachs owns.

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    Re: Sentence from News Article

    It doesn't say "They would be prudent to remember"
    That's exactly how I read it.

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    Re: Sentence from News Article

    Hi everyone,

    It's great many responses have gathered in a flash. Thanks for all the information, plus your journey, Leandro-Z.

    I think I'm almost there. Please confirm my understanding.
    "They would be prudent to remember that... (if they were to invest)" would mean "It's better for them to remember that..." virtually the same as "They had better remember..."
    But the original sentence hardly reads that way as it only indicates the probability.
    Also, "They should be prudent to remember..." could be interpreted either way.

    Am I right??

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