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    #1

    How would you rephrase this sentence?

    Is this the way you would say it or would you rephrase this sentence? If yes, how would you rephrase?

    Like as not her leg is broken.

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    #2

    Re: How would you rephrase this sentence?

    'Like as not' is a UK expression (probably originating in Yorkshire) meaning 'probably'. So you could rephrase the sentence: 'Her leg is probably broken'

    By the way, teachers, can one rephrase a sentence?

    Uncle M (not a teacher, but a domiciled Yorkshireman)

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    #3

    Re: How would you rephrase this sentence?

    So this not - has no negative meaning whatsoever?

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    #4

    Re: How would you rephrase this sentence?

    Good point: 'like' and 'not' could be regarded as affirmative and negative which cancel each other.

    So a very literal translation would be 'The chances of her leg being broken and not being broken are more-or-less equal.'

    But the expression is normally used to suggest that her leg is likely (probably) broken.

    Uncle M

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