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    #1

    didn't see you/ not to see you

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the following two sentences?

    We were sorry that we didnít see you at the forum.
    We were sorry not to see you at the forum.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    #2

    Re: didn't see you/ not to see you

    The first example suggests they were there, but we just missed you. Too many people. Sorry.

    The second example suggests you didn't even come to the forum. Shame on you.

    The first example leaves it open - maybe you were there, maybe you weren't - but gosh, we just didn't see you. The accusation of truancy is not so obvious here.

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    #3

    Re: didn't see you/ not to see you

    Hi jlinger,

    Thank you for your surgical intervention in my confused notion.

    To be frank, I was absolutely sure that the meanings of the sentence in question are equivalent.

    Thank you again for your kindness.

    V.

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