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    #1

    Might they be synonyms?

    - I think you should face up to this situation because you cannot do anything else at the moment.

    - I think you should settle for this situation because you cannot do anything else at the moment.

    I think they mean the same thing...generally speaking, can we consider them as synonyms?

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    #2

    Re: Might they be synonyms?

    Not to me. If you face up to something, you accept the unpleasant consequences/punishment, etc. If you settle for something, you accept an arrangement or deal, often taking less than you wanted or thought you deserved.

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    Re: Might they be synonyms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not to me. If you face up to something, you accept the unpleasant consequences/punishment, etc. If you settle for something, you accept an arrangement or deal, often taking less than you wanted or thought you deserved.
    Could you please make some examples just to catch better the differences you were talking about?

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    Re: Might they be synonyms?

    I wanted $20,000 but settled for $10,000.

    The deal collapsed and I had to face up to my failure to convince them.

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