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  •  Can't agree there. (1+ / 0-)
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    tommymet
    Note that doc2 doesn't suggest in his comment that "in her defense" is the teacher's statement. It must therefore, by proper English usage, be assigned to the comment writer himself.
    The context of his comment suggested to me that "in her defense" was his interpretation of her reason for saying so: i.e., she said it in her own defense.

    Comments aren't editable on this site, which means that any poor choice of phrasing is stuck there.  Proper English usage cannot be brought as proof of what the commenter actually meant.

    I would have to see doc2 clarify the intent of the comment before I could agree that it must be HRd.  In the meantime, I don't think you have sufficient basis to insist that it cannot possibly mean anything but what you think it means.

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