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What is the exact meaning of this wordplay with three “sûr(s)”?

The key word to get the meaning of this is “assez” which translates to “enough”.

So this sentence is literally:

“We cannot be absolutely sure that X has killed Y, but we can be sure enough about it so that it’s sure.”

Strange sentence, indeed.

There is also a double meaning behind “sûr” as it can apply to my degree of knowledge (“J’en suis sûr” -> I’m sure of it) or to the probability of something I’m talking about (“C’est sûr” -> It’s certain). The use of the verb “soit” creates a link between the two aspect of the word: our internal knowledge and the intrinsic property of the object.

The meaning of the sentence is obviously ambiguous so it can be understood as:

1) We can be sure enough that X killed Y to affirm it with a low probability to be actually wrong.

2) Their is a degree of knowledge concerning the fact that X killed Y above which X has literally been killed by Y!

A strange way to deal with the presumption of innocence indeed…


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What is the capital of Tunisia?