“Could it be that the average man is the werewolf, that the legend was created to come to terms…
Brian Berke
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Thank you for including the quote — I see now where there may have been a misunderstanding. I think I can explain: I began that phrase with the conditional word “could” (second conditional, actually), that is used to indicate things that range from possibilities to unreal or impossibilities. I ended the phrase with a question mark, a form of punctuation used to indicate something that is unknown or in doubt — the opposite of a statement. Used together, these two things create what is called a “hypothetical”, something presented as merely a suggestion or an idea, but is not known for certain to be true, or as simple fact. Although perhaps the real obstacle to your understanding was my use of the definitive article “the” in “the average man”? While it’s true that “the” is most often used to indicate a singular, unique, or formal noun, it can be used to indicate that the noun is to be understood as “in general”. Conditionals, hypotheticals and context clues are usually taught around the junior high level for native English speakers, but perhaps you are not a native English speaker? In which case, I completely understand the confusion — English is a difficult language! And without knowing these subtleties, it would be easy to conclude that my worldview is that “all men are rapists”. But of course that’s not at all true; can you imagine how awkward that would be when I see my dad, my three brothers, and my nephew every Christmas?

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