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    Settling a purpose

    What does "settle a purpose" mean? Example sentence: "Patrick had no more setlled a purpose in going on the net than he did in opening the timetable file". What does this sentence mean?

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    Re: Settling a purpose

    I have never run across that phrase before. How about if you google it for me and find some samples of its use?


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    Re: Settling a purpose

    I've googled it prior to posting it here, but to no avail. No one has heard of anything similar to this before. The sentence I've cited has been taken verbatim from a book I was reading. It doesn't sound natural to me, but I wanted to double check.

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    Re: Settling a purpose

    What is the title of the book in which you found it?

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    Re: Settling a purpose

    Night Windows-Jonathan Swift. It's your average mystery paperback, nothing to get excited about.

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/200...atures.review1

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    #6

    Re: Settling a purpose

    Humm.
    It says 'Jonathan Smith'.

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    #7

    Re: Settling a purpose

    The writer might have meant it in the sense of "no more of a settled purpose than" or "no settled purpose other than."

    That would mean he was using settled in the sense of finalized, firm, or confirmed.

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    Re: Settling a purpose

    Indeed. :) I've unintentionally typed in the last name of his more famous colleague. Apologies...

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    #10

    Re: Settling a purpose

    I think it means that the person went on the net without having decided why.

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