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    #1

    impacts?

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me the different impacts these sentences may have on the reader?

    Compare:

    'I insist he resign immediately.'

    'He should resign immediately.'

    'He must resign immediately.'

    'He is to resign immediately.'

    When would you use these expressioms? What 'weight' would you give to them?

    Many thanks,
    Hela

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    #2

    Re: impacts?

    'I insist he resign immediately.'
    => a demand

    'He should resign immediately.'
    => a suggestion

    'He must/has to resign immediately.'
    => a strong obligation

    'He is to resign immediately.'
    => an order

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    Re: impacts?

    Hello Casiopea

    What's the difference between a demand and an order?

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    Re: impacts?

    True, they are synonyms, but in our examples, we have no way of knowing whose order it is/was that he resign, whereas with 'demand', we know.

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    Re: impacts?

    I see, thank you very much.

    Have a nice day.

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