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    optimistic pessimist is offline Senior Member
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    Accidents can/ will happen.

    Dear all,

    1. Accidents can happen.
    2. Accidents will happen.

    Are these sentences the same in meaning?

    Thank you!

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    Route21 is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Accidents can/ will happen.

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    1. Accidents can happen.
    2. Accidents will happen.

    Are these sentences the same in meaning?

    Thank you!

    OP
    No. Not really.
    "Can" implies "may"
    "Will" implies "will definitely"

    Regards
    R21

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