“MANY signs point to a growing historical consciousness among the American people.”
Question: If I change “point to” with “show”, what’s the subtle difference?
My own feeling is that if we say “signs point to something”, we are suggesting something that is quite likely to happen. Likelihood is involved. But if we say “signs show”, then the likelihood is not there. Am I right? Or I didn’t see the real difference between the two? Thanks.
With due respect, I disagree on this one
For me, whithin this context, "point to" may mean suggest.
“MANY signs suggest a growing historical consciousness among the American people.”
Whereas "show" might mean: give evidence of, as of records.
“MANY signs prove a growing historical consciousness among the American people.”
So, there could be a subtle change in meaning using one or the other.
But, hey, I am not a teacher. It's just my two cents.
Hi, as a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher:
I agree with Kraken and believe there is a differeence:
"Point to" means "suggest/tend to indicate", whereas
"Show" means "demonstrate/prove", in this case.
In foreign language classes, teachers always use the technique of "paraphrase" to teach students. This is an effective means, but sometimes in paraphrasing we tend to overlook the subtle differences.