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    similarities tend to add up?

    This "add up" sounds awkward, as it sound more like arithmetic expression, but does it just mean "increase"? Does it sound natural?

    ex)A situation may seem familiar because it is similar to other stored events. For instance, imagine you are shown pictures of my family. Afterward, you happen to see me and think that I look familiar. Although nobody in my family looks just like me, the similarities tend to add up.

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    Re: similarities tend to add up?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This "add up" sounds awkward, as it sound more like arithmetic expression, but does it just mean "increase"? Does it sound natural?

    ex)A situation may seem familiar because it is similar to other stored events. For instance, imagine you are shown pictures of my family. Afterward, you happen to see me and think that I look familiar. Although nobody in my family looks just like me, the similarities tend to add up.
    The similarities 'add up' to a composite picture of what your family looks like. This mental picture would then be predictive of whether someone was in your family or not.
    No, the similarities do not increase. They build up into a model. They aggregate, accumulate. Each similarity adds to the next/last one. None of the similarities increase.

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