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Subject:  Re: Bear catchers Date:  2/26/2013  8:36 AM
Author:  mungofitch Number:  241879 of 258121

"if [whatever], is it really worth betting on a rising market this month?"
In normal English usage, a statement like this usually implies that the "whatever" is presently the case.
...
Gee, I wonder what my native language was, growing up in Seattle, because I never saw that
assumption made in the absence of an actual assertion that at least some part of the "whatever" is true.


Hey, no sweat. What I said was indeed a bit ambiguous.

Instead of saying
"if [whatever], is it really worth betting on a rising market this month?"

It would have been clearer for me to have said...
"if [w