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    I have the notion

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    Is 'I have the notion that he is dishonest' correct? Deos it mean 'I think/have an idea that he is dishonest'?
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    Re: I have the notion

    Yes.

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    Re: I have the notion

    You may find people who insist that one has ideas about concrete things and notions of abstract things. This 'rule' is no longer seriously applied, but it leaves traces in collocations like these noted in BNC. Here are the first 10:
    1 NOTION OF AUTONOMY 15
    2 NOTION OF HUMAN 9
    3 NOTION OF TIME 8
    4 NOTION OF CLASS 7
    5 NOTION OF GOD 7
    6 NOTION OF HISTORY 7
    7 NOTION OF PARTNERSHIP 7
    8 NOTION OF PRESTIGE 7
    9 NOTION OF AUTHORITY 6
    10 NOTION OF FREEDOM 6
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    PS #2 needs a bit of explanation. Although my query asked for nouns, 'human' there is an adjective (as it, for some of us, always - a human being is just that ). Here are the 9 examples in full:
    1 B03 W_newsp_other_report A B C ... govern our patterns of consumption, inform our very notion of human worth...
    2 CKX W_pop_lore A B C ... there is a fashion now in the humanities to deny that the old notion of human nature still has any utility...
    3 CHC W_ac_polit_law_edu A B C ...One is the notion of human dignity which has come to pervade modern ethical and social thought...
    4 EDD W_ac_polit_law_edu A B C ...the contentious and unprovable notion of human nature...
    5 GUW W_ac_humanities_arts A B C ... allied to the powerful notion of human progress...
    6 CAC W_non_ac_humanities_arts A B C ...may have originated with the notion of human sacrifice to ensure plentiful crops...
    7 FAE W_non_ac_humanities_arts A B C ...that remembered notion of human community which has gone for good...
    8 B7K W_non_ac_nat_science A B C ...For example, if the notion of human rights is a meaningful one (itself in hot dispute)...
    9 HJ2 W_non_ac_soc_science A B C ... lack of a positive notion of human fulfilment ...
    (I've edited this to make it more readable.)
    Last edited by BobK; 02-Aug-2014 at 20:16. Reason: Added PS

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