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    Could you help me with the meaning of this sentence, please?
    Does '' Iím personally unconcerned about the fact that people say itís unhealthy to drink from the tap here'' mean
    the tap water here is unfit for human consumption, regardless of what you may have heard ? or the tap water here is fit for human consumption, regardless of what you may have heard? Thanks!

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    Iím personally unconcerned about the fact that people say itís unhealthy to drink from the tap here''

    It means: Some people say the tap water here is unhealthy to drink. I am not concerned about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddkzk View Post
    Could you help me with the meaning of this sentence, please?
    Does '' Iím personally unconcerned about the fact that people say itís unhealthy to drink from the tap here'' mean
    the tap water here is unfit for human consumption, regardless of what you may have heard ? or the tap water here is fit for human consumption, regardless of what you may have heard? Thanks!
    What you have heard or have not heard is not relevant here as in this sentence you just do not care that tap water is crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddkzk View Post
    Could you help me with the meaning of this sentence, please?
    Does '' I’m personally unconcerned about the fact that people say it’s unhealthy to drink from the tap here'' mean
    the tap water here is unfit for human consumption, regardless of what you may have heard ? or the tap water here is fit for human consumption, regardless of what you may have heard? Thanks!
    [a small addition to the two excellent responses from Susie and Banderas]

    Eddkzk,

    Nothing in that sentence addresses, in a factual sense, whether the water is or is unfit for human consumption. "The people who say it's unhealthy" may know or they may not know.

    And "unhealthy" can have other meanings that have no connection to its purity as potable water. For example,"the people" might believe that the addition of fluoride or chlorine makes it unhealthy.

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