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Tara2
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:35:15 AM

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Can you please explain 'as good an answer as any'?
Kampong
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:19:07 AM
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The person speaking thinks what he/she just heard is likely, but that there might be other ideas/answers that are correct.
thar
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:52:27 AM

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It means that no good answers are available. This one is not good - it is a poor answer but if there are any others they are just as bad or worse.

It is not a positive or enthusiastic thing to say.
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:54:23 AM

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Tara2 wrote:
Can you please explain 'as good an answer as any'?


Another way to say it is, "The answer you just gave me is as good as any other answer I might receive". This indicates the listener has no idea what the correct answer might be.
Tara2
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 3:54:09 PM

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Many thanks to you all!!!
Sorry, why are your answers opposite? thar says it's not a good answer but FounDit says it's a good anwer?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:30:58 PM

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Tara2 wrote:
Many thanks to you all!!!
Sorry, why are your answers opposite? thar says it's not a good answer but FounDit says it's a good anwer?


No FD says it’s “as good an answer as any other answer”.

The answer is no better or worse than the other answers, but it’s not a good one.

Imagine you were baking a number of bread but leave them in the oven slightly too long, all of them are slightly burnt around the edges.
Any of those bread rolls is as good as any other, any roll you choose will be slightly burnt, there is not a single unburnt one there. But because you are hungry you’ll eat it anyway ignoring the black crunchy bits.
Tara2
Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020 10:55:27 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Tara2 wrote:
Many thanks to you all!!!
Sorry, why are your answers opposite? thar says it's not a good answer but FounDit says it's a good anwer?


No FD says it’s “as good an answer as any other answer”.

The answer is no better or worse than the other answers, but it’s not a good one.

Imagine you were baking a number of bread but leave them in the oven slightly too long, all of them are slightly burnt around the edges.
Any of those bread rolls is as good as any other, any roll you choose will be slightly burnt, there is not a single unburnt one there. But because you are hungry you’ll eat it anyway ignoring the black crunchy bits.

Many thanks dear Sarries for the great explanation!!!
I think 'as bad as any' is equivalent, right?
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