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    "It seems plausible on the face of it..."

    Hi there,

    Would it be natural to use the following bit to express what I'll explain below?

    (On the face of it, it seems plausible, but...)

    THE INTENDED MEANING: "At first glance, it seems ok, but..."

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    Re: "It seems plausible on the face of it..."

    Why is the partial sentence starting "On the face of it" enclosed in brackets?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "It seems plausible on the face of it..."

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Why is the partial sentence starting "On the face of it" enclosed in brackets?

    Actually just wanted it to be separated from the second part right below it. It doesn't come from any context, I simply had it in my mind and was wondering if I could ever use it in some writing.

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    Re: "It seems plausible on the face of it..."

    Parentheses (or "brackets" in BrE) are not used that way. Use double quotes ("inverted commas") or italics.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "It seems plausible on the face of it..."

    It would be more natural like this: It seems plausible on the face of it, but...
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