Why is periphrasis used?

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Nov 29, 2016

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A periphrasis can be used for many reasons. Some of them are:

  • to avoid repetitions,

  • sometimes an euphemism (which is a specific kind of petiphrasis) can be used to milden the text (i.e. to avoid words which can be considered harsh)

  • when you are learning a new language you can use a periphrasis if you forget a word in that language.