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    To espouse

    Hello,
    I'm confused about a verb "to espouse". Does the following sentences have a sence for you?
    1. I espouse the ideology of the democrat party.
    2. I espouse an idea to build a new house.

    Can I use "to espouse" if I want to say that I support one's point of view, idea etc.?
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: To espouse

    #1 is OK. #2 is not.

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    #3

    Re: To espouse

    "Democrat" should be capitalized, assuming it is a proper name of a party.

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    Re: To espouse

    So I have to use "to espouse" in case I want to support political points of views. "To espouse" is just for a political context. Is it right?
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: To espouse

    No, not just for politics but it has to be more than idea. It has to be a set of beliefs or doctrine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: To espouse

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, not just for politics but it has to be more than idea. It has to be a set of beliefs or doctrine.
    Do you mean that I can espouse a complicated scientific theory as well as Christian or Muslim beliefs and other things like these?
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    Re: To espouse

    Definitely on the beliefs. I'm of mixed feelings about the theory.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: To espouse

    NortT, click here to read many examples of espouse used in a variety of contexts.

    Bookmark the site for future reference.

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    #9

    Re: To espouse

    Quote Originally Posted by NortT View Post
    Do you mean that I can espouse a complicated scientific theory
    I think you could espouse a scientific theory if it was not established so it was closer to a belief. It wouldn't make much sense to me to espouse the theory of relativity as it's a standard theory. If a fundamentalist Christian espoused Darwinism, it would work.

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    Re: To espouse

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think you could espouse a scientific theory if it was not established so it was closer to a belief. It wouldn't make much sense to me to espouse the theory of relativity as it's a standard theory. If a fundamentalist Christian espoused Darwinism, it would work.
    I agree. To espouse means, from others point of view, to become a supporter, to join a group or movement, by choice, much the same as you do when you marry (by choice).

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