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    let's just say

    Hello, Teachers.

    What's the meaning of 'let's just say'?
    eg
    Let's just say, this case has a, distinct smell to it, a certain, paranormal bouquet. Excuse me.

    What's the writer's attitude while they are using this expression?
    What's its difference from '(let's) say'?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia


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    Re: let's just say

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, Teachers.

    What's the meaning of 'let's just say'?
    eg
    Let's just say this case has a distinct smell to it, a certain paranormal bouquet. Excuse me.

    What's the writer's attitude while they are using this expression?
    What's its difference from '(let's) say'?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia
    Let's just say...
    Let's not try to expand this subject but merely point out that....

    Let's say...
    We can state that...

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    Re: let's just say

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Let's just say...
    Let's not try to expand this subject but merely point out that....

    Let's say...
    We can state that...
    Thank you for your help, Anglika.

    I still feel somewhat confused about the phrase.
    It seems difficult to understand the following 2 examples using your interpretation.

    1
    "We had a hamster, too,"Barbara said. "Let's just say ours didn't make it."That was a reference to the revival efforts that the daughters of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said he performed on a family pet.

    2
    Well, the experiment do not turn out quite like it is supposed to, but let's just say it do.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Regards.

    Enydia


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    Re: let's just say

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you for your help, Anglika.

    I still feel somewhat confused about the phrase.
    It seems difficult to understand the following 2 examples using your interpretation.

    1
    "We had a hamster, too,"Barbara said. "Let's just say ours didn't make it."That was a reference to the revival efforts that the daughters of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said he performed on a family pet. All we need say ... We needn't say more than...

    2
    Well, the experiment do not turn out quite like it is supposed to, but let's just say it do.

    This sentence does not make sense - it should either read "experiment did/does" and "let's just say it did/does", or something is missing in your transcription.

    Again - "We needn't say more than...

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Regards.

    Enydia
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