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    Default Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them"

    Kindly Comprehend the following sentences:

    1) Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them".

    2) "Nothing cannot be said".

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    Default Re: Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them"

    1. I think you would be better if you didn't know them
    2. Feel free to say anything you want.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them"

    Welcome to the forums.

    Rather than 'comprehend', say 'explain the meaning of' or 'paraphrase'.

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    Default Re: Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them"

    Barb gave you good suggestions to avoid double negatives.

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    Default Re: Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them"

    Many thanks for your responses...

    I suppose the first statement suggests "I doubt that you would prosper by knowing them".


    I am not sure about the second statement, though. Please explain.


    Feedback and help is appreciated. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Speaker: "I am not sure that you would not be better off without knowing them"

    If "Feel free" was the part of Barb's paraphrase that you didn't understand, perhaps you will find "You can say anything you want" easier to understand.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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