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    Question Can I use " alibi " in this case?

    Hi,

    Can I use alibi in this sentence below? Is it formal or informal?

    When Dave's parent got divorce, he had smelt a rat, but he never found alibi for it.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Can I use " alibi " in this case?

    I'm afraid it's not correct. What do you want the sentence to mean?

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    Re: Can I use " alibi " in this case?

    Alibi as meaning of an excuse.
    For example, Dave's father betrayed Dave's mum, and they did not tell him. So he did not khow the reason of divorcing.

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    Re: Can I use " alibi " in this case?

    'Alibi' doesn't mean reason.

    Lamentably, but inexorably, more and more people are using it to mean 'excuse'. It doesn't mean that either - although there will be wishy-washy liberals among our readers who will defend that abuse. As in some contexts the meanings of 'excuse' and 'reason' overlap, your wording, though meaningless, is not too far off the mark.

    An alibi is a defence (in law) on the grounds of having been in another place at the time of the crime.

    In your sentence you could say 'reason [for]' or 'justification/explanation [of]' the divorce. Or, in a context that made it clear that you felt the divorce was a wrong done to you you could even use 'excuse [for]' or 'vindication [of]'.

    Just lay off alibi,
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    Re: Can I use " alibi " in this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamed 93 View Post
    Dave's father betrayed Dave's mum, and they did not tell him. So he did not khow the reason of divorcing.
    I don't get it. If Dave's father was cheating, wouldn't he be the one, if anyone, to know about it. Do you mean that Dave's father didn't know that Dave's mother knew what he was up to? And Dave's mother divorced him without telling him that she knew about it? That would be uncommon, I think.

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