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Hello

Until recently I had been under the misapprehension that I know what face value means.

Then came a sentence:

Do not take promises at face value.

that I saw in a dictionary.

It says it is equal in meaning with

Do not take promises at apparent value.

Then a next question aroused in me. What is apparent here? What does apparent mean?

I think something that is apparent you perceive by cognition often in a mistaken manner. Am I correct?

But then going back to face value, does it mean someone says something convincingly and boldly, which makes you think he must be right?

What is your opinion about it?

Thanks
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Hi,

Until recently I had been under the misapprehension that I know what face value means.

Then came a sentence:

Do not take promises at face value.

that I saw in a dictionary.

It says it is equal in meaning with

Do not take promises at apparent value. Yes, generally speaking.

Then a next question aroused in me. What is apparent here? What does apparent mean?

I think something that is apparent you perceive by cognition often in a mistaken manner. Am I correct? Apparent' has two general meanings. 1 easily visible or perceivable. 2 seeming. In the phrase perceive by cognition often in a mistaken manner, you are dealing correctly with both meanings.

But then going back to face value, does it mean someone says something convincingly and boldly, which makes you think he must be right? That would be a good example. 'At face value ' refers to how something looks 'on the surface', eg without looking at it more 'deeply' and more carefully.

Best wishes, Clive
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at apparent value
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Thank you Clive.

One more question, if you do not mind:

Let me take your questions at face value.

How should I read it, interpret it?

Thanks
Let me accept their denotative meanings, not their connotations.
Hello MM,

Is it a kind of comment we use to let the questioner know that we know he meant malice? Or is it free of any emotional overtone?

Thanks
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No, it does not necessarily carry any overtone-- it too can be taken at face value. It merely lets the questioner know that we are not reading anything into the question beyond what the question purports to ask.