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    Smile Our teacher asserts/claims/proclaims/assumes that Finnish is one of the hardest langu

    Our teacher asserts/claims/proclaims/assumes that Finnish is one of the hardest language in the world to learn.



    For me, all of the words besides slashes fit in the above sample and mean about the same to me. But I suspect that there are subtle nuaces, right? Thanks.

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    Re: Our teacher asserts/claims/proclaims/assumes that Finnish is one of the hardest l

    I'd use claims- he says it, but it may or may not be correct.

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    Smile Re: Our teacher asserts/claims/proclaims/assumes that Finnish is one of the hardest l

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use claims- he says it, but it may or may not be correct.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    But the original uses asserts, so I suspect all of the four underlined words fit but have marginal differences in meanings.

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    Re: Our teacher asserts/claims/proclaims/assumes that Finnish is one of the hardest l

    Proclaims- states publicly
    Assumes- takes it for granted as a fact

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    Smile Re: Our teacher asserts/claims/proclaims/assumes that Finnish is one of the hardest l

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Proclaims- states publicly
    Assumes- takes it for granted as a fact
    Thanks, Tdol.
    To make sure, are proclaim and annouce much the same?
    And assume and think are about the same?
    Assert and claim are all but identical?

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