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    Smile he missed out on the free lunch at work.

    Ian was sick tday, so he missed out on the free lunch at work.
    ... so he missed the free lunch ...



    Do both of the above sound right? If yes, are there any differences in meaning between them? Thanks.


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    Re: he missed out on the free lunch at work.

    This is almost splitting hairs, but "missed out" expresses more regret, disappointment. It was very unfortunate.

    regards
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Ian was sick tday, so he missed out on the free lunch at work.
    ... so he missed the free lunch ...



    Do both of the above sound right? If yes, are there any differences in meaning between them? Thanks.

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    Re: he missed out on the free lunch at work.

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    This is almost splitting hairs, but "missed out" expresses more regret, disappointment. It was very unfortunate.

    regards
    edward
    Thanks, Edward.
    Got it.

    By the way, I never knew their differences are like splitting hairs because they are confusing to me--non-native speaker.


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    Re: he missed out on the free lunch at work.

    I'm sorry, I meant that my response was splitting hairs. I wasn't referring to your question.
    The question was a good one.
    Often we'll tell you whether the difference between two expressions is small, large, or non-existant. I used the expression "splitting hairs" because I wanted you to learn or practice the idiom.

    best wishes
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Edward.
    Got it.

    By the way, I never knew their differences are like splitting hairs because they are confusing to me--non-native speaker.

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    Re: he missed out on the free lunch at work.

    Thanks, Edward, for your kindness and thoughtfulness.
    In truth, your analysis of this question is very awesome!

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