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    Question Word----"Possible"

    Hi,
    I always see someone reply questions that we asked to confirm some sentences with the word, "possible". Is it the way to say "acceptable". Do the two words interchangable, If no, could you please tell me the difference

    How about these sentence below
    1.We have weighed the pros. and cons. for the two design schemes and they both passed reliable test. We believe each one is possible in the future production. ( 100% confidence)
    2. For the adhesive tape, the thing we mainly care about is the adhesion. As long as the price can be restricted between $1 to $2, I guess each model is possible I will consult with my boss and get back to you. (not 100% confidence)

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    Re: Word----"Possible"

    No, they are not interchangeable generally, but the meaning here is similar. The person is stating that each design has the potential to be put into production. He is also saying that both designs passed the reliability test. The fact that they are both stated to be reliable adds to our information and helps to have us understand that "possible" includes the idea of "acceptable" in this circumstance.

    In other contexts, this is not the case. It is "possible" that, say, a terrorist blows up a train station. That does not make it "acceptable."

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    Re: Word----"Possible"

    I don't agree that saying "We believe X" means you have 100% confidence.
    I am certain that X
    I am positive that X
    I am completely confident that X
    Those are all quite certain.

    But "I believe X" definitely gives room for some doubt!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Word----"Possible"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't agree that saying "We believe X" means you have 100% confidence.
    I am certain that X
    I am positive that X
    I am completely confident that X
    Those are all quite certain.

    But "I believe X" definitely gives room for some doubt!
    I agree. "I believe" leaves open the possibility that what you believe may be incorrect.

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    Re: Word----"Possible"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, they are not interchangeable generally, but the meaning here is similar. The person is stating that each design has the potential to be put into production. He is also saying that both designs passed the reliability test. The fact that they are both stated to be reliable adds to our information and helps to have us understand that "possible" includes the idea of "acceptable" in this circumstance.

    In other contexts, this is not the case. It is "possible" that, say, a terrorist blows up a train station. That does not make it "acceptable."
    Thanks a lot,SoothingDave.
    So, using "possible"that way is nothing about what confidence you have. To be safe, I will not use "possible" that way without a clear context to support.
    One quick question: in the circumstance of sentence 1, dose "possible"have an additional meaning comparing with"acceptable", or is there a particular circumstance we can only use "possible"?(The circumstance I want to ask is similar to the sentence 1)

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    Re: Word----"Possible"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't agree that saying "We believe X" means you have 100% confidence.
    I am certain that X
    I am positive that X
    I am completely confident that X
    Those are all quite certain.

    But "I believe X" definitely gives room for some doubt!
    Thanks a lot, Barb_D.
    You and SoothingDave got me learn something new

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    Re: Word----"Possible"

    in the circumstance of sentence 1, dose "possible"have an additional meaning comparing with"acceptable"
    Yes, but only because we have more information about the situation. On its own, the sentence with "possible" would not mean "acceptable."

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