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if not likelihood What does it mean? e.g. "So, if you miss important information as the dialogue or discourse proceeds, there is the danger, if not likelihood, that you may 'lose the thread' of what the dialogue or discourse is about."
Mar 13, 2014 9:28 AM
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In this sentence you can think of "danger" as being the same as "possibility." The author is saying that there is DEFINITELY the 'danger' or 'possibility' that you will lose the thread, and that it is even LIKELY to happen.
March 14, 2014
It's not a phrase, its more of an abbreviated sentence. you can read it as '...there is the danger, if not a danger, then a likelihood, that you may...' In other words - the writer is saying that they think there is a danger, but if not that, or they are challenged on that, then at least there is a likelihood.
March 13, 2014
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