per se

lyoonb

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per se

I still haven't gotten the meaning of "per se" to this day.

For example, there's a sentence "Although I'm not a police officer per se, I do know they're investigating Raul's death as an overdose."

To my knowledge, if there was no "per se" in this sentence, its meaning still won't change: "Although I'm not a police officer, I do know they're..." it doesn't sound odd to me at all.

Why per se? I still don't know the usage of it.

Somebody give me an insight to me.


I heard this sentence from the tv show "Forever S01E05".
 
  • perpend

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    I don't know. I couldn't go as far as saying that it doesn't have a reason, and it doesn't add flavor to language.

    From above: For example, there's a sentence "Although I'm not a police officer per se, I do know they're investigating Raul's death as an overdose.

    I might paraphrase:
    Although I'm not a police officer in any official capacity, I do know they're investigating Raul's death as an overdose.
    Although I'm not a police officer as such, I do know they're investigating Raul's death as an overdose.
    Although I'm not a police officer as regards law, I do know they're investigating Raul's death as an overdose.

    I don't think "per se" is superfluous in the context/sentence.
     
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