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    #1

    grab the edge

    This is encouraging generosity toward lefties.
    1.What does "grab the edge" mean? "taking dominant position"?
    2.What does "for one" mean?
    3.Does "didn't encourage" mean a counterfactual condition even if there is no if-clause?

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    ex)From a lefty's perspective, consumer relief is long overdue. If you are a lefty or live with one, you know how miserable it is for lefties to try to use scissor, can openers, three-ring binders, or other basic items desinged for right-handed people...But now lefties are on the march, growing in numbers - and it won't be long before marketers stop shunning them and instead grab the edge in the lefty marketplace....The bottom line is that the rise of southpaws means not just that we'll have more lefties in school and in the workplace - but also that society is becoming more tolerant and ultimately more able to build on self-expression instead of suppressing it...I, for one, wouldn't want to live in a society that didn't encourage handedness of all types.

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    Re: grab the edge

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    1. "Edge" here means an advantage. Marketers are going to take advantage of the lefty marketplace.
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    8 I, for one, ... used to emphasize that you believe something, will do something etc and hope others will do the same : I, for one, am proud of the team’s effort.
    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
    3. I don't really understand the question... However, the author is trying to say, that he is all in favour of a society that encourages handedness of all types.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 30-Jun-2012 at 23:54.

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    Re: grab the edge

    I couldn't find this definition in a dictionary. Where did you get it?

    1. "Edge" here means an advantage. Marketers are going to take advantage of the lefty marketplace.

    For the last question, counterfactuality means the opposite of the present situation. It seems to be "If the society didn't encourage handedness of all types, I , for one, wouldn't want to live in it" as it doesn't refer to the past.

    ex)I, for one, wouldn't want to live in a society that didn't encourage handedness of all types.

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    Re: grab the edge

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Thanks a lot!. For the last question, counterfactuality means the opposite of the present situation. It seems to be "If the society didn't encourage handedness of all types, I , for one, wouldn't want to live in it" as it doesn't refer to the past.

    ex)I, for one, wouldn't want to live in a society that didn't encourage handedness of all types.
    Society is becoming more tolerant of left handed people, and the author is saying that he wouldn't want to live in a society that didn't encourage handedness of all types. So basically he's fine with the way things are developping.

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    #5

    Re: grab the edge

    My question was where you got the meaning of "grab the edge" and if "didn't encourage" means a hypothetical, counterfactual present condition.

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    #6

    Re: grab the edge

    I couldn't find this definition in a dictionary. Where did you get it?
    1. "Edge" here means an advantage. Marketers are going to take advantage of the lefty marketplace.



    While Chicken Sandwich is offline, here's one from oxforddictionaries.com:

    edge
    (3)
    [in singular] a quality or factor which gives superiority over close rivals: his cars have the edge over his rivals'


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    Re: grab the edge

    I think "advantage" is kind of different from "superiority" for "grab the edge". I try not to give answers to questions here as a non-native speaker. I think non-native speakers should be extremly careful in giving answers if they are not quite certain of the them.

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    #8

    Re: grab the edge

    Thanks a lot! But I'm still wonder about "didn't encourage"

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    #9

    Re: grab the edge

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    My question was where you got the meaning of "grab the edge" and if "didn't encourage" means a hypothetical, counterfactual present condition.
    edge - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    See #3.

    So, to be more precise, an edge is something that gives you an advantage over others.
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    #10

    Re: grab the edge

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Thanks a lot! But I'm still wondering about "didn't encourage"
    What's the problem? Chicken Sandwich explained the meaning in posts #2 and #4, and you seemed to be clear abut the meaning in post #3.

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