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Could you please explain the meaning of this? I have it in a sentence - The speaker was, by some margin, the youngest person in the room. I am a translator from English to Czech and I can´t find it anywhere. Thanks.

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It means by some non-zero or at least non-negligible margin (difference, or delta). IOW, it means that the person was considerably younger than everyone else.

  • I agree with your 2nd sentence but what does the first mean? What is 'delta or difference'? I haven''t heard that before :) – Mynamite Aug 13 '14 at 23:19
  • delta is used for the difference in a subtraction, as it is shorter. So if you subtract youngest fellow's age from each of the other's age not only is it positive (thus he is younger), but it is also not near zero. – Oldcat Aug 14 '14 at 0:01
  • I added a comma, and put difference first. The three terms mean the same thing in this context: margin, difference, delta. (The Greek letter delta, Δ or δ, is often used in math or science notation to stand for a change in amount: a difference.) – Drew Aug 14 '14 at 2:17
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Margin:

an additional amount or one beyond the minimum necessary.

If the speaker was younger than the others by one year, that would not be a big deal - someone has to be the youngest.

But if he was the youngest by a number of years, that is a significant margin.

By some margin, you are saying, by a number of years.

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He was noticeably younger than others. In Czech, this is "zretelne najmladsi".

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