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    The meaning of “accepted wisdom”

    What is the meaning of “accepted wisdom” in the following sentence:The accepted wisdom is that public services are best run by governments.

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    Re: The meaning of “accepted wisdom”

    Hi,

    It means that it is commonly accepted, accepted by a majority of people/citizens/taxpayers.

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    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: The meaning of “accepted wisdom”

    As anyone who watches the news will know, these days in the UK, the majority of people and citizens are desperately trying to avoid being members of your third group!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The meaning of “accepted wisdom”

    And you tell me? In Spain, not paying taxes (or trying not to, at least) has (sadly) evolved into a demonstration of wit.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: The meaning of “accepted wisdom”

    It may be worth noting that when people use the phrase "accepted wisdom" (also often said as "conventional wisdom," at least in the US) they are often about to introduce what they think is a compelling argument against the prevailing opinion.
    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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