Posted by R. Berg on July 29, 2003
In Reply to: 'as if' stance posted by Celia on July 29, 2003
: I have difficulty in understanding the brackted sentences in bold. Could anyone do me a favor?
: Although most of Bird's respondents consider the news stories to be well researched and verified, none of them accept everything presented on the pages of their tabloids as being true. (That said, some find pleasure in assuming an 'as if' stance, playing along with the item's truth claims to see how far their own willingness to believe can be stretched.)
: Thanks a lot
"That said" = Nevertheless
"'As if' stance, playing along with . . ." = Pretending to themselves that they believe a story; imagining what it would be like to think the story were true; acting "as if" the story were true; experimenting with the idea of believing a ridiculous story