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    Correct?

    Do you think the following statement is correct?

    I claim that defining irony as meaning the opposite of what a speaker says is debatable.

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Correct?

    The syntax is fine.
    I claim that X is debatable.


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    #3

    Re: Correct?

    or do you think it is better:

    ... the definition of irony that ... ?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Do you think the following statement is correct?

    I claim that defining irony as meaning the opposite of what a speaker says is debatable.

    Many thanks.
    Your sentence is (overly) complicated. Try this:

    My contention is that it is debatable to define irony simply as 'meaning the opposite of what the speaker says'.


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    Re: Correct?

    Do you think the following statement is correct?

    I claim that defining irony as meaning the opposite of what a speaker says is debatable.

    Many thanks.
    Could anybody please help explain the meaning of the sentence? I find it a bit hard to understand.

    Many thanks
    Newbie

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    #6

    Re: Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Could anybody please help explain the meaning of the sentence? I find it a bit hard to understand.

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    The speaker holds/thinks/believes/claims that the definition for the word irony ('the opposite of what a speaker says') is questionable, dubious, arguable, disputable.


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    #7

    Re: Correct?

    So "irony" means "the opposite of what a speaker says"?


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    Re: Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    So "irony" means "the opposite of what a speaker says"?
    Not exactly - see here: Irony - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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