Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 4
    #1

    With the caveat that

    Hi,
    I am not so sure how to use the phrase 'with the caveat that'. It makes me unable to understand the following sentence well:

    With the caveat that I don't really like to think too much about how my work is received, I do think my work is perceived differently in India because I'm writing about the Indian diaspora. (taken from an interview)

    What does the phrase mean in the above context? And how do we use it in different situations?

    Thanks in advance for paying attention to my question.

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: With the caveat that

    Quote Originally Posted by Losi View Post
    Hi,
    I am not so sure how to use the phrase 'with the caveat that'. It makes me unable to understand the following sentence well:

    With the caveat that I don't really like to think too much about how my work is received, I do think my work is perceived differently in India because I'm writing about the Indian diaspora. (taken from an interview)

    What does the phrase mean in the above context? And how do we use it in different situations?

    Thanks in advance for paying attention to my question.
    A "caveat" is a warning, a stipulation, or an explanation. It means that the reader/listener should take the words into account when evaluating the rest of the statement.

    One of the most common uses of "caveat" is in the Latin phrase "caveat emptor", which means "Let the buyer beware". That basically means that the buyer is responsible for carefully evaluating what he/she is buying.

  3. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 4
    #3

    Re: With the caveat that

    Thanks, Mike, for the explanation.
    I have written five sentences using the word 'caveat':
    1) She can teach English temporarily, with one caveat that she is bad in pronunciation.
    2)My Principal issued a memo with a caveat against using the photocopy machine for personal business.
    3) You can conduct a forum in your class, with the caveat that more than half of the students speak little English.
    4) I have decided to sign up for the club, with the caveat that I become a secretary.
    5) Many students fell asleep during this week's lesson. With that caveat, We should make next week's lesson more interesting.

    Do I use the word 'caveat' correctly?
    Last edited by Losi; 06-Feb-2014 at 14:19.

  4. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #4

    Re: With the caveat that

    Quote Originally Posted by Losi View Post
    Thanks, Mike, for the explanation.
    I have written four sentences using the word 'caveat':
    1) She can teach English temporarily, with one caveat that she is bad in pronunciation.
    2)My Principal issued a memo with a caveat against using the photocopy machine for personal business.
    3) You can conduct a forum in your class, with the caveat that more than half of the students speak little English.
    4) I have decided to sign up for the club, with the caveat that I become a secretary.

    Do I use the word 'caveat' correctly?
    None of those seems natural to me.

  5. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 4
    #5

    Re: With the caveat that

    Thanks for the reply. How do I make them sound natural?

  6. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #6

    Re: With the caveat that

    Quote Originally Posted by Losi View Post
    Thanks for the reply. How do I make them sound natural?
    If you used something other than "caveat", they could be improved.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] 'caveat' vs 'warning'
    By Olympian in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 14-Aug-2013, 22:19
  2. [General] caveat
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jul-2010, 22:40
  3. Happy New Year -- Caveat
    By Lynque in forum English Slang
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Jan-2008, 19:44

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •