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  1. enydia's Avatar

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    given as a prep.

    Hi, everyone.

    I have a question about the meaning of given as a prep.

    I found this sentence from Oxford Advanced Learn's Dictionary (OLAD):
    Given her interest in children/Given that she is interested in children, I am sure teaching is the right career for her.

    According to OLAD, given means "taking (sth) into account" when being used as a prep. So I think that the sentence cited above suggests that "her interest in children" has been a fact.

    But according to American Heritage Dictionary, given means "granted as a supposition; acknowledged or assumed." So I think the above sentence implies that "her interest in children" is just a possibility.

    I'm really confused by these different ways to understand the sentence.
    Can someone give me some advice?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: given as a prep.

    When something is "Granted" it is assumed to be true. You can assume it IS factual for the purpose of discussion.

    I don't see a real conflict here.

    In the usage "Given her interest in children," her interest is acknowledged as afact.

    [not a teacher - sorry, I've been forgetting to put that there]

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    Re: given as a prep.

    Enydia, I agree with Barb. Given introduces a fact, and is also short for given the fact that (she likes children,...).

    The fact: she likes children; therefore, teaching children might be something she would be good at.

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