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    What is this in aid of?

    Hello,

    I'm trying to figure out the meaning of the following phrase:
    "Excuse me, what is this in aid of?"

    I think that it basically means "how can it help?". Suppose, a teacher plays some silly game at the lesson with his students where they do not actually learn something. So, afterwards can I approach him and ask "what is this in aid of?"? Does it sound formal?

    Val

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    Re: What is this in aid of?

    You're right that it means "In what way can this help?" or "What is the purpose of this?" I certainly don't consider it formal.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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