Fred asked the question like a learned professor, speculating on a universal problem of time, space and the creation of the universe.
"Okay—I'm just speculating," Dean closed his eyes.
I'll write it in general terms, speculating on how difficult it is to maintain both lives, operating one incognito.
Dean spent much of the trip speculating on the reason for the law man's visit.
I moved to the want ads, speculating on what I'd be doing with my time in the future but nothing caught my eye.
He became an associate of Jay Gould in the development and sale of railways; and in 1863 removed to New York City, where, besides speculating in railway stocks, he became a money-lender and a dealer in "puts" and "calls" and "privileges," and in 1874 bought a seat in the New York Stock Exchange.
While Cook was speculating on the cause of this phenomenon, and was in the act of ordering out the boats to take soundings, the " Endeavour " struck heavily, and fell over so much that the guns, spare cables, and other heavy gear had at once to be thrown overboard to lighten the ship. As day broke, attempts were made to float the vessel off with the morning tide; but these were unsuccessful.
While he hated even speculating about a child murderer, it was the first time Shipton's attempted killing began to make any sense.
Similar principles apply in infinite detail to the treatment of wind instruments, and we must never lose sight of them in speculating as to the reasons why the genius of Beethoven was able to carry instrumentation into worlds of which Haydn and Mozart never dreamt, or why, having gone so far, it left anything unexplored.
He spent his time in making chemical experiments and in speculating upon legal abuses, rather than in reading Coke upon Littleton and the Reports.
As Whip the Master of Elibank earned high praise for his energy and tact; but he was somewhat unfortunately mixed up with the " Marconi Scandal " in connexion with Mr. Lloyd George and Sir Rufus Isaacs, as having invested part of the Liberal Party funds in American Marconi shares in which he, with them, was speculating - a transaction hotly debated in Parliament in 1913.
Everywhere you turned, people were speculating about, or building models of, the "House of Tomorrow," the "Car of Tomorrow," or the "Workplace of Tomorrow."
Bad science fiction plots, speculating on futures which could not really happen, are the worst examples of this.
"It's not nice to be speculating on the sex lives of our guests," Dean mimicked.
Of manipulating the market-and the public has probably been speculating increasingly.