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    It looks like it's going to rain.

    Is there any difference in the meaning between 2 sentences?
    1. It's going to rain.
    2. It looks like it's going to rain.

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    Re: It looks like it's going to rain.

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    Is there any difference in the meaning between 2 sentences?
    1. It's going to rain.
    2. It looks like it's going to rain.
    Yes, the first, in theory, is an assertion that there is a 100% chance of it beginning to rain. The second is not. You are taking a gamble if you say 1.
    2. can't be disputed as easily. If it looks, to you, as if it is going to rain, then that's how it looks.
    In practical terms, if you are the type of person who is used to making statements of the 1. form, and if it often turns out that you are wrong, you will lose credibility. This is less likely to happen if you frame your opinions in the form of 2.

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