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    dismiss rumors=deny rumors

    Any difference in nuance between dismiss rumors and deny rumors?

    Thank you.

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    Re: dismiss rumors=deny rumors

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    Any difference in nuance between dismiss rumors and deny rumors?

    Thank you.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, LiuJing.

    (1) I think there is a difference.

    Tom: Did you kiss my girlfriend yesterday?

    Joe: Absolutely not! I deny doing that. Who ever told you that

    is a liar.

    *****

    Mona: Is it true that you kissed Tony yesterday?

    Laura: Oh, Mona, who told you that? Don't believe all the

    gossip that you hear. Well, are you ready for our trip to the

    shopping mall?

    Mona: Listen, Laura. Don't dismiss the rumors like that. I want

    the truth.

    Laura: OK! OK! Ok! I did kiss Tony yesterday. Can you ever forgive me?

    Thank you

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    #3

    Re: dismiss rumors=deny rumors

    I believe there is a difference in nuance.

    If I "deny" the rumors, I actually listen to them and then say they are not true. I address the rumors or people stating the rumors.

    If I "dismiss" the rumors, I don't even address them. Perhaps they are so ridiculous, I won't even justify them with a response.

    I hope this helps,

    Debra
    Teaching ESL to Adults

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