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    putative should

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    He insisted that we should stay.

    In using 'should', the speaker entertains, as it were, some 'putative' world, recognizing that it may well exist or come into existence.

    MY questions:

    1. what does putative mean.
    2. What does the above sentence mean? :)

    Thank you

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    Re: putative should

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
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    1. what does putative mean.
    2. What does the above sentence mean? :)
    Thank you
    1 The result of or object of thought, belief or supposition; from Latin putare - to think. Think of the word 'reputable' [= highly thought of]
    2 He said "You really must stay - I insist."

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    Re: putative should

    Hello Bob

    thanks for your help

    BTW, my second question is related to this sentence:

    "In using 'should', the speaker entertains, as it were, some 'putative' world, recognizing that it may well exist or come into existence."

    what does this sentence mean?

    thanks

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    Re: putative should

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello Bob
    thanks for your help
    BTW, my second question is related to this sentence:
    "In using 'should', the speaker entertains, as it were, some 'putative' world, recognizing that it may well exist or come into existence."
    what does this sentence mean?
    thanks
    He considers that such a world is possible.

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    Re: putative should

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    He considers that such a world is possible.
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    If I'd read the sentence more carefully, I'd have seen the problem; 'as it were' is often thrown in to a sentence to add some distance between the narrator and the belief - where there's a supposition or hypothesis.

    He acts as if it were possible that such a world should exist.
    =>
    In his mind, as it were, such a world existed.

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