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Csika

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Dear Friends,

What does the following mean:

This theory holds promise as an answer to this question

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Csika
 

shroob

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Not a teacher only a native.

The sentence means that the theory is potentailly right to answer the question.

For example, if a scientist had just come up with a new theory to prevent a disease, then you could say 'it holds promise'. The theory has been tested and seems to work, though it hasn't been proved conclusively.

Another example could be if you were testing a car to see if it would reach 100mph. If you reached 90mph with ease, you could say the car holds promise that it could reach 100mph.

Hope this helps.
 
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