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    could someone do me a favor by explaining the differences between these two sentences :"I really miss being with my high school friends" and "I really miss not being with my high school friends"? Thank you.

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    What does each sentence mean to you?

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    Maybe both sentences mean I miss my high school friends,of which I'm not quite sure.They were written by a famous Chinese scholar,who claimed that there were subtle differences .However,I couldn't make sense of them.

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    The second could mean that you are sick of them and want to be alone.

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    "I really miss being with my high school friends"
    If you 'really miss' something, it means that something that you are used to and like is no longer present/happening/available. You 'miss your friends from high school/being with these friends'.
    So, with the sentence
    "I really miss not being with my high school friends."
    the 'not' negates this: what you miss is having more time to yourself, away from your group of friends.

    The trouble is, the two ideas, "I really miss my boyfriend" and " It's awful not having my boyfriend around" are mixed, and you will hear a lovesick person say, "I really miss not having my boyfriend around", which is the opposite of what they mean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The trouble is, the two ideas, "I really miss my boyfriend" and " It's awful not having my boyfriend around" are mixed, and you will hear a lovesick person say, "I really miss not having my boyfriend around", which is the opposite of what they mean!
    Hi, David. Do you mean that when a lovesick person say, "I really miss not having my boyfriend around", she actually means that she misses her boyfriend very much and would like very much to have her boyfriend around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The second could mean that you are sick of them and want to be alone.
    You mean the sentence "I really miss not being with my friends." is equal in meaning to "Staying with my friends is a sheer waste of time. How I would like to be alone," do you?
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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Yes.
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    :"I really miss being with my high school friends" and "I really miss not being with my high school friends"? Thank you.

    the first sentence mean that you miss your high school friends and spending sometime with them.
    the second sentence means that you are with your high school friends and you time when you were by yourself.

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