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    Default "Looking back" and "with the benefit of hindsight"

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    Could you kindly let me know if it's possible to use these two terms interchangeably?
    With the benefit of hindsight, I've realized I should have studied harder.
    Looking back, I've realized I should've studied harder.
    Thanks a million.
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    Default Re: "Looking back" and "with the benefit of hindsight"

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Could you kindly let me know if it's possible to use these two terms interchangeably?
    With the benefit of hindsight, I've realized I should have studied harder.
    Looking back, I've realized I should've studied harder.
    Thanks a million.
    Yes.

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    Default Re: "Looking back" and "with the benefit of hindsight"

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Yes.

    Thanks a lot. You know,previously I found the meaning in dictionary and it was written that to look back means "to think about something in the past" but for with the benefit/wisdom of hindsight, I found "understanding of a situation only after it has happened and it means you would have done things in a different way".
    I have inferred from the meaning that with the benefit of hindsight has got a sense of regret as well ,but looking back just means thinking about the past (looking back on my childhood, I was too naughty). Could you please tell me if what I inferred is right or not?
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    Default Re: "Looking back" and "with the benefit of hindsight"

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    I have inferred from the meaning that with the benefit of hindsight has got conveys a sense of regret as wellno space,spacebut looking back just means thinking about the past (looking back on my childhood, I was too naughty). Could you please tell me if what I inferred is right or not?
    What you have inferred is generally true.

    However, bill gave the correct response to your question:
    Could you kindly let me know if it's possible to use these two terms interchangeably?
    The expressions are interchangeable in your two sentences with no significant difference in meaning, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: "Looking back" and "with the benefit of hindsight"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    What you have inferred is generally true.

    However, bill gave the correct response to your question:The expressions are interchangeable in your two sentences with no significant difference in meaning, in my opinion.
    As usual, context is relevant and the particularly important part of 5jj's response (in my opinion) is highlighted above.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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