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    Hi there,
    What is the meaning of the word 'stand' in the following sentence? Is it a formal use? Is the tone firm or not using 'stand'?

    A one-month notice must be given for resignation. You stand to forfeit the salary of the month if this one-month is not given.


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    Re: stand

    The sentence is better worded:
    You will forfeit one month's salary if you do not give this notice.
    'stand' in your sentence is used in the sense of either losing or gaining something.

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    Re: stand

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot. But I don't know why 'stand' is used here?

    You stand to forfeit the salary of the month if this one-month is not given.

    pete

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    Re: stand

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot. But I don't know why 'stand' is used here?

    You stand to forfeit the salary of the month if this one-month is not given.

    pete
    It is simply part of our way of saying things. Many words are used in ways not clear from reading a dictionary.

    You stand to lose...
    You will lose...
    You stand to gain from that investment
    You may gain from......
    He stood to lose everything when his house burnt down
    He could have lost everything......

    Does this help?

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    Re: stand

    Hi peter123,


    There is a certain definition in the dictionary.


    to stand = to be in a position of possible gain or loss:


    She stands to make a fortune.
    What do firms think they stand to gain by merging?
    After the oil spill, thousands of fishermen stand to lose their livelihoods.

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