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[147c] for we give in our answer something that knowledge belongs to, when that was not what we were asked.

Theaetetus
So it seems.

Socrates
Secondly, when we might have given a short, everyday answer, we go an interminable distance round; for instance, in the question about clay, the everyday, simple thing would be to say “clay is earth mixed with moisture” without regard to whose clay it is.

Theaetetus
It seems easy just now, Socrates, as you put it; but you are probably asking the kind of thing that came up among us lately when


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