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    #1

    might as well

    I would like to know the difference "1" and "2".
    1. While you are at the store, get some milk, too.
    2. While you are at the store, you might as well get some milk, too.


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    #2

    Re: might as well

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference "1" and "2".
    1. While you are at the store, get some milk, too.
    2. While you are at the store, you might as well get some milk, too.
    There is a difference in the level of deference/politeness/softness, Wow. Number 1 is more direct than #2, less deferential than #2, not as soft as #2.


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    #3

    Re: might as well

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    There is a difference in the level of deference/politeness/softness, Wow. Number 1 is more direct than #2, less deferential than #2, not as soft as #2.

    That's right. The first one phrases the idea as an order, but the second way of expressing it puts it into a form of an objective suggestion.

    "Pick up your toys!" compared to "C'mon, kids -- it's time to pick up all these toys" does the same thing (using a different syntax strategy.)

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