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    Default Ready vs Willing

    Hello Teachers,

    Could you please tell me what is the difference between "Ready and Willing"? Is there any difference in meaning of following sentences?

    1) She is not ready to discuss it.

    2) She is not willing to discuss it.

    Please help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hsb View Post
    Hello Teachers,

    Could you please tell me what is the difference between "Ready and Willing"? Is there any difference in meaning of following sentences?

    1) She is not ready to discuss it.

    2) She is not willing to discuss it.

    Please help.
    No difference.

    Ready definition | Dictionary.com
    3. willing: ready to forgive.

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    'ready' = fully prepared, as in 'having all the information you need to perform a task and in the right psychological state of mind to do it to the best of one's ability'

    'willing' = to be happy to do something if it is needed or necessary

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    Default Re: Ready vs Willing

    However, you may have a speech all ready and not be willing to present it at this time.

    P.S. In the two sentences, the meaning can be very different.

    She is not ready to discuss it indicates that she may be "ready" at some future time.
    She is not willing to discuss it, indicates that she will not discuss it. Case closed.
    Last edited by Searching for language; 10-Feb-2009 at 17:39. Reason: More information

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    Hi Searching for language,

    Thank you very much for replying.Dose it mean,If "she" says "I don't want to discuss it" or "I will not discuss it", I should use "willing"?

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    Default Re: Ready vs Willing

    Quote Originally Posted by hsb View Post
    Hi Searching for language,

    Thank you very much for replying.Does it mean,If "she" says "I don't want to discuss it" or "I will not discuss it", I should use "willing"?
    You could use willing in both cases. I am not willing to discuss it.

    "I am not willing to discuss it yet or right now" also means that at some future time she might.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    You could use willing in both cases.
    Obviously, "to be ready to do sg" may mean something different, which I think implicitly was not part of the original question.

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