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onsen
Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:44:45 AM
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Posts: 147
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Hello,

Follower
I can’t understand the doctrine you have just explained.
Preacher
In order to understand it fully, you have to spend a lot of time pondering on various questions, and solving them. At last you might be able to understand a bit of it.
Follower
Oh, I see.
(An imaginary conversation to show the situation)

What I mean through this conversation is to ask about how to express actions which need some length of time and after that can attain a certain level or degree of actions.

Which one(s) would the preacher say to the follower in accordance with the conversation?
A. You will come to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
B. You will get to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
C. You will grow to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
D. You will learn to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
E. You will gradually understand the doctrine after a long time of …

Thank you
foolofgrace
Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:42:33 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 11/5/2015
Posts: 164
Neurons: 21,140
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
My vote goes to A.

A. You will come to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
B. You will get to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
C. You will grow to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
D. You will learn to understand the doctrine after a long time of …
E. You will gradually understand the doctrine after a long time of …
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:47:17 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/12/2011
Posts: 28,446
Neurons: 161,951
Location: Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
I agree.

It is possible that the Follower will ponder and study for a long time, and still not understand - then suddenly he thinks for another two minutes and he understands it well! This is 'enlightenment'. It is not gradual.
Or he may come to understand it gradually.
Version A covers both possibilities.

It is possible that he will gradually understand (version E) - but this does not include the possibility of sudden enlightenment after a long time pondering.

"Learn" is OK, but sounds too 'mechanical' for doctrine (in my mind).

"Grow" has the same limitation that "gradually" does - it precludes a sudden 'cognition' (The "Oh! Wow! That's what it means!" moment).

I don't like "get" - it has so many meanings that is has no power (to me).

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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