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maltliquor87
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:25:30 PM

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Hello!

Could you, please, tell me whether the following sentence is grammatically correct?

Quote:
Although I am not fully convinced by the statement, I'm afraid.


The speaker does not mean that she's literally afraid. This phrase 'I am afraid' is being used here to hedge her statement. I would rewrite that sentence thus:

Quote:
I'm afraid, however, that I am not fully convinced by the statement


Could you also, please, comment on whether my suggested sentence is grammatically correct?
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:01:18 PM
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maltliquor87 wrote:

I'm afraid, however, that I am not fully convinced by the statement.


That sentence is much clearer than your original one.
maltliquor87
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:03:33 PM

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Thank you BobShilling
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:22:07 PM
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maltliquor87 wrote:
Although I am not fully convinced by the statement, I'm afraid.


The main problem with that one is that, without more context, it reads initially as if the first clause were subordinate, and the second (meaning 'I am frightened') is the main one. It is grammatically correct, and could mean what you intend it to mean, but that meaning is unlikely to be understood in the absence of context.
maltliquor87
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:32:52 PM

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Here's the full paragraph (I'm not the author)

Quote:
The (sensational) claim, that Nabokov learned most of his English vocabulary by studying the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary,
which explains weird wording and archaicisms found in his early American writing, could arouse genuine interest here, on the EFL-related forum.
Although I am not fully convinced by the statement, I'm afraid.


I think it's clear that the author does not mean she's frightened. The phrase "I'm afraid" is being used here to show politeness.

Could I also use "though" to rewrite that sentence in the following way?
Quote:
I'm afraid, though, I am not fully convinced by the statement.
BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:43:52 PM
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maltliquor87 wrote:
The (sensational) claim, that Nabokov learned most of his English vocabulary by studying the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary,
which explains weird wording and archaicisms found in his early American writing, could arouse genuine interest here, on the EFL-related forum.
Although I am not fully convinced by the statement, I'm afraid.


That is sufficient context for the meaning to be clear.


Quote:
I'm afraid, though, I am not fully convinced by the statement.


That's OK. I would put 'that' before 'I', but that's a personal preference.
maltliquor87
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:44:49 PM

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