set aside What is the meaning of "set aside"? whats the meaning of "sake"? in the following sentence: John Muir wanted to set aside land for its own sake Thanks so much
Aug 10, 2014 12:25 PM
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Hello Shabnam, To "set aside" something is to exclude it or separate it from other things, with the aim of giving it individual consideration. In England, we have a "set-aside" scheme for land which means that farmers get paid by the government for deliberately not using some of their land. So here, set aside might mean not using the land. I would need more context to know for sure. "Sake" is an old English word originally meaning "love". It is used idiomatically e.g. "I gave up my job for the sake of my elderly mother". i.e. because of my mother. "For the sake of argument,..." is a good expression in analytical articles which means "speaking hypothetically". Look up "for goodness sake" - it's a good slang expression. "For its own sake" usually implies someone is being stubborn and doing something for no good reason. To set aside land for its own sake - this could mean - to not use some land without any reason. If you want more help, post some more of the article the phrase is from and hopefully someone can help more. Michael
August 10, 2014
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