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  1. M56
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    Using "for suppose".

    Do you see any problem with the use of "for suppose" below?

    "Any general comment made about the war in Iraq would be misguided. For suppose a person said that it wasn't about freedom at all, but about oil. Would we then have to..."

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    Re: Using "for suppose".

    It's doesn't add anything. I wouldn't burn them at the stake, but I'd prefer it without. Is this a spoken text? If so, it would be OoooK, but it's redundant in writing.

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    Re: Using "for suppose".

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's doesn't add anything. I wouldn't burn them at the stake, but I'd prefer it without. Is this a spoken text? If so, it would be OoooK, but it's redundant in writing.
    Redundant? I thought it was acting as a conjunction and discourse marker (anaphoric). I see a difference between these regarding anaphor:

    Suppose I were to ask Sue to marry me. Would you come to the wedding?

    For suppose I were to ask Sue to marry me. Would you come to the wedding?


    To me, the second one clearly indicates that something was already said regarding marriage, Sue, or a change in the speaker's life.

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    Re: Using "for suppose".

    In spoken language, it could be a discourse marker, but it doesn't do the job for me in writing. It's not something I'd use.

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    Re: Using "for suppose".

    Another example of the same, but this time following a semi-colon:

    "This put a second reflection in my mind: that if I were to separate from Alan and his tell-tale clothes I should be safe against arrest, and might go openly about my business. Nor was this all; for suppose I was arrested when I was alone, there was little against me; but suppose I was taken in company with the reputed murderer, my case would begin to be grave. For generosity's sake I dare not speak my mind upon this head; but I thought of it none the less."

    From Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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    #6

    Re: Using "for suppose".

    Does it add much to you?

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    Re: Using "for suppose".

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Does it add much to you?
    It adds coherence.

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    #8

    Re: Using "for suppose".

    It's nearly midnight here, so I'm moving towards incoherence.

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    Re: Using "for suppose".

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's nearly midnight here, so I'm moving towards incoherence.
    Sleep well.


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