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    Mere

    Could I explain to someone that mere is more or less the same thing as simple?

    I'm looking for an easy explanation for the word mere.

    I don't think simple is the most accurate but it's all I can think of right now.

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    Re: Mere

    You may want to take a look here: mere - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    All the best.

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    Re: Mere

    Hmm ok. So "simple" doesn't really cut it.

    According to dictionary.com:

    "1.being nothing more nor better than"

    Look at the following sentence:

    "The mere fact of looking forward to your work will help make you more productive and effective."

    I'm just trying to find a way to explain this. Could I say:

    "Nothing more than the fact of looking forward to your work will help make you more productive and effective."

    Could I say that?

    The Houghton Mifflin e-reference's Thesaurus says that: "very" is a synonym for "mere". But I don't think replacing mere by very in the sentence above is appropriate. I think that would change the meaning of the sentence.

    Thanks

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    Re: Mere

    What about, say, in and of itself, as in something along the lines of WordNet's sense 2?

    mere

    adjective
    1. being nothing more than specified; "a mere child"
    2. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

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    Re: Mere

    This would go back to saying:


    "Nothing more than the fact of looking forward to your work will help make you more productive and effective."

    Wouldn't? Unless you could rephrase the above sentence in a way which represents mere better?

    Thanks.


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    Re: Mere

    What about in itself; e.g., Looking foward to your work will, in itself,...?

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    Re: Mere

    I don't know. Don't you think it sounds odd?

    I'll try to think about it more. I really do appreacite your suggestion though as always.

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    Re: Mere

    OK. Here's one more for you to consider. How about, Just looking forward to your work will...?

    All the best,

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    Re: Mere

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    OK. Here's one more for you to consider. How about, Just looking forward to your work will...?

    All the best,
    You're a genius! That's exactly what I was looking for!

    Cheers!


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