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The sacrifices that the two nations have been told they should make to restore stability to the world economy are almost if not completely the opposite of each other.
In the sentence above, what is the meaning of "almost if not completely"?
I think there are two possible interpretations.
1. almost or perhaps even completely
2. even if not completely, but almost
Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 19-Dec-2011 at 14:41.
The writer may think that they are completely opposite, but could be hedging their options to allow for the possibility of some differences.
emsr2d2, Tdol, thanks for your replies.
I'd like to make sure if I fully understood what you guys said.
The news was accurate in many, if not most, respects.
Does this sentence mean something like
"The new was accurate in many, or perhaps even most, respects"?
Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 20-Dec-2011 at 02:16.