Is it possible to use the expression "to get grounds" for referring to "to have reasons"? The context is that the Turkey's Prime Minister is trying to have support from other Western countries for acting against Syria. The quote is: "To get grounds for other countries (...) including Arab countries - and other key partners on what can be done because of the non-response of Syria to those unilateral regional and international efforts, should not keep us from looking for other initiatives,
Feb 7, 2012 7:05 PM
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grounds = foundations = reasons Yes, you can have grounds, just like you have reasons. Before you have grounds you will have to get them first. Just like anything else.
February 8, 2012
Yes, exactly! It is usually used in legal matters. You can often hear it in divorce proceedings, as in "his infidelity was grounds for divorce."
February 7, 2012
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