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    #1

    usage please

    Dear Teachers

    May I know the usage of the following expression

    "guilty as charged"

    Kind regards
    udara

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    #2

    Re: usage please

    It's a phrase borrowed from law enforcement and justice. Literally, it's the verdict: the accused has been found guilty on all charges (formal accusations of a crime) facing him. So if someone accuses me of anything, "charges" me metaphorically, and I admit that the accusation is correct, I can say "guilty as charged". Very often, however, people who say "guilty as charged" really mean "what difference does it make? so what? I'm still right!".


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    Re: usage please

    Dear abaka

    It's very kind of you to send me a promt and clear reply. It really helps.

    Kind regards
    Udara

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