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    Regard something as caused by.

    "Regard something as caused by."

    Could you please explain me its meaning?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Sep-2016 at 11:19. Reason: Deleting 'me'.

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    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    Where did you find this phrase? In what context? What was the complete sentence?

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    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    "...caused by" is straight forward. I assume you understand that; like "the water on the road was caused by the burst water main".

    "Regard something as..." has an interesting utility. Usually, it means one is expressing what follows as an opinion held, rather than a statement of fact. There is an exception where, despite believing something is factual, one might say "I regard..." as a kind of polite phrasing; an attempt to avoid the unseemly appearance of being arrogant. This is not, however, common usage.

    Most of the time, it will be used to present something as a belief, with or without evidence. A Yankee might say, "I regard the Confederate Flag to be a symbol of rebellion and chaos". A Southerner might retort, "I regard the Confederate Flag to be a symbol of freedom and a call to a cause".

    Now to put the parts together, how about, "I regard the chaos in this office as caused by your incompetence as a manager"!

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    #4

    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    I regard it as caused by...

    has a similar meaning to

    From my point of view, it is caused by...

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    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where did you find this phrase? In what context? What was the complete sentence?
    It is the meaning of the word "attribute".

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    #6

    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    It is the meaning of the word "attribute".
    Not really.

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    #7

    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    It's the definition give here: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...lish/attribute


    You have been asked before to give us the source of your sentences, tufguy. It will save time and confusion if you do that, preferably with a link.

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    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    tufguy, keep reading post #7 here.

    Do you actually want to use 'attribute' in a sentence?

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    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Not really.
    "I attribute this to...". That doesn't work for you?

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    Re: Regard something as caused by.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    tufguy, keep reading post #7 here.

    Do you actually want to use 'attribute' in a sentence?
    I just wanted to know the meaning of that sentence.

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