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as in:  establish that there is a need

The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
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  • The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
  • The sixth paragraph (lines 67-68) is primarily concerned with establishing the contrast between men and masculine traits.
  • Since we previously established that she was at work on Monday morning, we can eliminate her as a suspect.
  • Can you establish her location on Monday morning?

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  • Without disputing a truth so momentous, we must be allowed to consider this version of Mr. Dimmesdale’s story as only an instance of that stubborn fidelity with which a man’s friends—and especially a clergyman’s—will sometimes uphold his character, when proofs, clear as the mid-day sunshine on the scarlet letter, establish him a false and sin-stained creature of the dust.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is established, I think, that there is a possibility of such a thing as I have outlined occurring.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • DANFORTH—(his first real outburst, in which his contempt for Parris is clear): Mr. Parris, I bid you be silent! (He stands in silence, looking out the window. Now, having established that he will set the gait.) Mr. Cheever, will you go into the court and bring the children here?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  •   Unfortunately, she gave herself away. In the eyes. They were agitated. She knew the exact moment when Viktor Chemmel established that the book was a prize possession.
      "I’ll tell you what," he said. "For fifty marks, you can have it back."
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • You have two hours to get footage showing the damage from the bombing, establish that Thirteen’s military unit remains not only functional but dominant, and, most important, that the Mockingjay is still alive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Mr. Justice Wargrave said: "I am only establishing facts."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • Mr. Justice Wargrave, stroking his lip and looking quite passionless and inhuman, said: "We have now dealt with the second killing, and have established the fact that no one of us can be completely exonerated from suspicion."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
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