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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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what is difference between these two sentence?

1 Men and women do want the same things.
2 Men and women want the same things.

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  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,098 mod
    The difference is in the emphasis @Derioc.

    In sentence 1 I see the emphasis being on the fact that men AND women are the same in what they really want.

    The second sentence says exactly the same, but doesn't emphasis that there is any difference in what men and women want.

    Does this help? It's fairly subtle but both sentences say the same, just with a little bit of a different emphasis.
  • ferdaferda Posts: 32 ✭✭
    I find this discussion ok to ask:
    -I know that I don't know 'anything' or 'nothing'.-
    which one is correct?
  • DeriocDerioc Posts: 90 ✭✭
    edited October 2015
    @ferda I think, I don't know anything means; I don't know. But people don't say I don't know nothing. They say, I know nothing about this. it means I don't know too.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,098 mod
    If a kid says 'I don't know nothing' (a common mistake), they should be corrected. I don't know anything is correct, but I don't know nothing implies you do know something as the phrase has a double negative.
  • ferdaferda Posts: 32 ✭✭
    and also this is similar : Anything is possible. OR everything is possible. I saw first one written somewhere but isn't the second more correct
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,098 mod
    I think both are fine. Everything infers all. Anything isn't exactly the same as all. It suggests this or that rather than everything.
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 773 ✭✭✭
    Here are some quotes with these expressions.

    Everything is possible:
    http://quotesgram.com/everything-is-possible-quotes/

    Anything is possible:
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/anything_is_possible.html
  • DeriocDerioc Posts: 90 ✭✭
    @Tinka What did you think about those quotations?
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,831 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Men and Women never want the same things. ;)
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 773 ✭✭✭
    @Derioc, there are many things in our life that are really possible. We have great possibilities and great power inherited in us. We just need to find a way to our inner life and our inner resources. There are some people in the world who have gained this knowledge and it's useful to find them and to learn from them. We can do more than we think ;)
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