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Hello, what does "modest construction" mean? What are the aspects of a modest construction?

Q: What is the difference between "regarding", "as regards", "with regard to"

A: In my opinion, sometimes these phrases are used where a more 'modest' construction using 'about' would do just as well, and be clearer

Here is an example in the link

https://www.englishforums.com/English/RegardingRegardsRegardRespectRespect-Of/bmqng/post.htm

Thank you.

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what does "modest construction" mean?


It means simpler grammar, simpler words.

Clive

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hhtt what does "modest construction" mean? What are the aspects of a modest construction?

Clive wrote that in 2005. That was a long time ago. Why don't you send him a message and ask what he meant?

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Thank you Clive but is it a common expression in regard to "language"? When I google it I see companies, construction firms. It is difficult to find uses related to language.

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Clive's "modest construction" is not an expression. It is a straightforward use of the adjective "modest" in the meaning suggesting "plain".