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    #1

    in whatever sense

    Dear all,

    I just wonder where to put 'in whatever sense' in the following sentence. I want to express that the word 'omnipotent' is used in whatever sense.

    1. I do not attempt to develop yet another 'omnipotent' (in whatever sense) theory of metaphor.
    2. I do not attempt to develop yet another (in whatever sense) 'omnipotent' theory of metaphor.

    Or do you think both sound awkward?

    Many thanks.

    P.

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    Re: in whatever sense

    How about:

    I do not attempt to develop yet another 'omnipotent' theory of metaphor, in whatever sense that means.

    But I have no clue as to what you mean!!


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    Re: in whatever sense

    Well, I am writing an essay and my original sentence is this:

    "Rather than attempt to develop yet another 'omnipotent' theory of verbal irony, I will make generalizations about cognitive operations underlying the representation of most discourse irony."

    In my usage, 'omnipotent' has two senses:

    1. covering all instances of verbal irony
    2. covering all forms of irony (verbal, dramatic, etc.)

    This is what I mean by 'in whatever sense' - including 1. or 2. above

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    Re: in whatever sense

    Then why don't you just say:


    Rather than attempt to cover all instances and forms of verbal irony, I will simply make generalizations about cognitive operations underlying the representation of those used in most discourse situations.


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