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    my grandfather recipes

    I swear by my grandmother's recipes.

    Please explain this sentence.


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    Re: my grandfather recipes

    My grandmother {{??grandfather}} was a very good cook and her {{his??}} recipes are the best there are.

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    Re: my grandfather recipes

    hehe-I suppose it was the grandma.
    When you swear on something, you are certain of what you're saying and you are so sure that you swear on something that is precious, in this case your grandma's recipes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    hehe-I suppose it was the grandma.
    When you swear on something, you are certain of what you're saying and you are so sure that you swear on something that is precious, in this case your grandma's recipes.
    Thank you friends.
    Here, I am confused because of preposition `by'.

    I swear
    by
    my grandmother's recipes

    What is the link between these?

    Please explain it.


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    Re: my grandfather recipes

    swear by : [1] to place great confidence in something;
    [2] to trust implicitly as an authority;
    [3] call on somebody/something as witness:

    So you are either showing great confidence in your grandmother's recipes: "No-one has better recipes than my grandmother", or calling on them as witness of something you intend to do: "I swear by my grandmother's recipes that I shall make this cake today".

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    Re: my grandfather recipes

    Verb phrases. swear by, a. to name (a sacred being or thing) as one's witness or guarantee in swearing.
    b. Informal. to have great confidence in; rely on: He swears by his dentist.
    c. to have certain knowledge of: I thought I saw him leaving, but I couldn't swear by it.


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    Re: my grandfather recipes

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Verb phrases. swear by, a. to name (a sacred being or thing) as one's witness or guarantee in swearing.
    b. Informal. to have great confidence in; rely on: He swears by his dentist.
    c. to have certain knowledge of: I thought I saw him leaving, but I couldn't swear by it.
    Again thanks to Queenbu and Anglika for your help in all my threads.

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