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What is the paddle attachment actually *for*?

So I do a decent bit of baking with a stand mixer which often calls for use of the paddle attachment, and I naturally obey. But unlike the dough hook or the whisk attachment, I'm not really sure I understand the chief purpose of the paddle itself? That is to say, if I wasn't following recipe guidance, under what circumstances would I be using it?

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