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    Hi English Teachers,
    Do the below two sentences have the same meaning? Thanks a lot in advance.
    That is not to say that the men are not handsome.
    That is to say that the men are handsome.

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    No.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    not a teacher

    Here are a couple of sentences to show how your examples work.

    1) I'm not attracted to these men. That's not to say (that) they aren't handsome, I just don't like their personalities.
    2) I think these men are quite attractive on the surface. That is to say, the men are handsome, but I know nothing of their character.

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    thank you Jmurray,
    do the sentence 1 and sentence 2 have the same meaning?

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    No. In sentence #1, the men are probably handsome, but this is not made explicit. In sentence #2 they are definitely handsome.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Thank you 5jj teacher.

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