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    I wonder if there is a subtle difference between "1" and "2".

    1. If you get stuck in traffic, don't get angry.
    2. If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't get angry.

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    The concrete state of affairs they denote is the same, but the signified mental attitude is different in that 1 is more neutral in value judgment while 2 is slightly optimistic or positive: "if you find yourself...." seems less negative about it.

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    Re: find

    I also have a question about the word find.

    Can find be used in this sentence instead of think?

    I think this is an alright idea!
    I find this is an alright idea!


    In German, it's possible (and very usual) but I don't know if it's possible in English as well.

    Cheers!

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    Re: find

    Yes, absolutely, but not with "alright idea."

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    #5

    Re: find

    Thanks.
    Okay then probably with:

    I think he is a nice person.
    I find he is a nice person.


    And why not with "an alright idea"?

    Cheers!

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