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    Subject To Speculation

    I have a question about "subject to ":

    1. "He is subject to depression."
    2. "He is subject to speculation."

    The first sentence means he tends to be affected by depression. But I am not sure about the second sentence. Does it mean he speculates about some matter, or that people speculate about him?

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    Re: Subject To Speculation

    The second is unnatural in my opinion. It would require a very elaborate context.

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    Re: Subject To Speculation

    How about this one:

    " Amazon has long been subject to speculation of a move into bricks and mortar. It isn't the first pure play online retailer to mull over a physical presence either. Ebay has also been linked with a store presence, and has even experimented with short-lease pop up shops to gauge interest. But if rumours surrounding Amazon are true, the online giant could be about to make the first move by snapping up stores from RadioShack, which is seeking bankruptcy protection. Such a move, if true, will cause sleepless nights for the rest of the retail sector."


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    Re: Subject To Speculation

    That's OK. The very elaborate context meets probus's criterion.

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