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    Which of the following sentences are acceptable, (1) or (2) ?

    (1) Wealth, prestige, and power do not necessarily make people happy.
    (2) Wealth, prestige, and power are not indicative of making people happy.
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    Re: not necessarily

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Which of the following sentences are acceptable, (1) or (2) ?

    (1) Wealth, prestige, and power do not necessarily make people happy.
    (2) Wealth, prestige, and power are not indicative of making people happy.
    My inference for (1) is that the statement refers to an observation about a reaction of the people themselves about themselves, whereas (2) is a reaction by others about persons (people) who seem to have wealth etc.

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    Re: not necessarily

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Which of the following sentences are acceptable, (1) or (2) ?

    (1) Wealth, prestige, and power do not necessarily make people happy.
    (2) Wealth, prestige, and power are not indicative of making people happy.
    As I see it, only 1 is correct.

    "to be indicative of something" means (roughly) "to indicate something"
    So, you can say, "Wealth is not indicative of happiness" = "Wealth doesn't indicate happiness".
    "Wealth is not indicative of a happy person" = "Wealth doesn't indicate a happy person"

    But you can't say, "Wealth doesn't indicate making a person happy" = "Wealth is not indicative of making a person happy."

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