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    For the matter of that

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    Please, provide a synonym for the underlined part. See the passage below. It is Poe again.

    There is no knowing what one eats, thought I to myself, at the tables of these people of the province. I will have
    none of their rabbit au-chát — and, for the matter of that, none of their cat-au-rabbit either.

    The dictionary says it means "as far as that is concerned." But I think it does not fit the context here. Maybe some other word could save the situation—even, at least etc.
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    Re: For the matter of that

    We'd say "for that matter" in current English. Yes, "as far as that's concerned" does fit. It's not a very meaningful phrase - more of an idiom. It can mean, "And while I'm talking about it, let me add ..." or "To be completely clear about the matter ..."

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    Re: For the matter of that

    The expression "for the matter of that" is old-fashioned English. Today we would say "for that matter."

    We use "for that matter" to broaden what's already been said:

    - I hate turnips. For that matter, I hate all vegetables.
    - I didn't go to school yesterday. For that matter, I didn't do my chores at home, either.
    - I've never been to North America. I haven't been to South America, either, for that matter.
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    Re: For the matter of that

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The expression "for the matter of that" is old-fashioned English.
    I have only seen it in older texts- I haven't heard anyone say it.

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    Re: For the matter of that

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
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    Please, provide a synonym for the underlined part. See the passage below. It is Poe again.

    There is no knowing what one eats, thought I to myself, at the tables of these people of the province. I will have
    none of their rabbit au-chát — and, for the matter of that, none of their cat-au-rabbit either.

    The dictionary says it means "as far as that is concerned." But I think it does not fit the context here. Maybe some other word could save the situation—even, at least etc.
    I would recommend that you read more on Semantics. It would help you understand the context of meaning when it comes to languages.
    Last edited by Milania; 15-Jan-2018 at 10:21.

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