Proffer VS Offer

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rainbow402

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e.g. 1 He shook the warmly proffered hand.
e.g. 2 I didn't think it wise to proffer an opinion.

Dear Teacher,

What is the difference between " proffer" and " offer"? Can I replace " proffer" with " offer" in above two example sentences?

I think " proffer" stresses the move of holding out. So for #1, I can not replace, but #2 is Okay. Right or wrong?


Thanks in advance!:roll:
 

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"Proffer" is specifically offering something by holding it out or to put something forward for either acceptance or rejection.

It is not replaceable with offer in your examples.
 

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Anglika,

Thanks for your illustration. In the below sentences I made, are they correct grammatically? And if yes, are the meanings of them same to each other?

#1 I proffer you a gift.

#2 I offer you a gift.
 

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Anglika,

Thanks for your illustration. In the below sentences I made, are they correct grammatically? And if yes, are the meanings of them same to each other?

Grammatically both are correct.

#1 I proffer you a gift. The expectation is that you will make a decision whether to accept or not

#2 I offer you a gift. The expectation is that you will accept.
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