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    Hello,

    I came across this sentence:
    "Everyone with a stake in the decision had a seat at the table"

    Could I rewrite this as:
    "Everyone who would be influenced by the decision had a voting right"?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Uh, yes, pretty much, Takashi. However, I would say 'affected' rather than 'influenced'; and the isolated sentence does not indicate that 'seat at the table' means 'voting right'-- it could mean just that they had a chance to participate in the discussion and express their opinion.

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    Thank you Mister Micawber.

    So, not actually so far as a voting right but could mean that they have a chance to say their opions in the discussion.

    Influenced by the decision.
    and
    Affected by the decision.
    are different?

    Is their a clear difference in definition between these two. (Maybe I should post another thread for this one ^_^)

    Thank you so much.

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    'Influenced by the decision' and 'affected by the decision' are a little different in that the former suggests to me mental or intangible effect while the latter suggests direct physical effect. They overlap, I suppose, but that is the impression I get.

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    I see. Mental or physical effect.

    Thank you Mister Micawber.

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