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This particular issue was discussed during the design of the function definition and application grammar. (see above comment)

Right, but it's possible that the trade offs inherent in supporting both forms of method/function invocation and how they interact with function literals may not have been obvious to a different person.

Moreover in a different language it seems like it would be exceptionally hard to know how everything will interact, which is where a tool that can help you explore the term space automatically has value.

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