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We see a staggering 20 instances of the phrase “would have”. We also see 4 instances of “would surely have”; 1 of “would almost certainly have”; and 1 of “would also have”—giving us a total of 26 instances of the “would have” construction.

What is going on here?

This is Creighton’s modal con: a deceptive use of modal verbs to slip in assertions which he knows would not pass muster as simple declarations. Were they given as statements of verifiable fact, the need to support them with evidence would be that much more obvious.

We have already seen an example.

“There was no mistake, and he [Hill] painted the inscription exactly as it would have been given to him.”

What is this odd sentence supposed to mean? The simple declaration “would have been” this:

“There was no mistake, and he painted the inscription exactly as it was given to him.”

Why does Creighton not write this? Because he knows very well that he has no evidence at all on what (if anything) was given to Hill. He could not back up the assertion. He is merely expressing a supposition. He is making it up.

In summary: Creighton’s screed is riddled with supposition, deceptively presented.

M.

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Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 514 Scott Creighton 31-Jul-21 18:28
Re: Howard Vyse in action 124 Thunderbird 31-Jul-21 19:28
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 178 Martin Stower 31-Jul-21 22:08
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 114 Corpuscles 01-Aug-21 00:53
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 113 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 09:19
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 135 Scott Creighton 01-Aug-21 11:12
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 108 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 16:21
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 130 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 18:42
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 103 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 18:55
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 105 Thanos5150 01-Aug-21 14:48
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 135 Scott Creighton 01-Aug-21 15:25
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 110 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 16:38
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 119 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 22:27
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 136 Martin Stower 03-Aug-21 00:52
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 135 Thanos5150 02-Aug-21 01:47
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 111 Martin Stower 02-Aug-21 10:59
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 102 Thanos5150 02-Aug-21 17:29
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 93 Martin Stower 10-Aug-21 08:58
Aylesbury Ducks 128 Merrell 10-Aug-21 12:53
A dubious game with modal verbs 118 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 17:38
Prior comment 118 Martin Stower 01-Aug-21 18:02
Re: Howard Vyse - A Practice to Deceive 177 Audrey 02-Aug-21 02:37


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