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    #1

    It is hard to overstate how valuable it is.

    What does the following sentence mean:
    It is hard to overstate how valuable it is.
    Could anybody rewrite it, please?
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    #2

    Re: Meaning of the sentence

    Welcome to the forum.

    Your entire post was a link to another website with exactly the same question. Did you post the question on that other website? If so, why don't you wait for answers there? Where did you see the sentence "It is hard to overstate how valuable it is"? It's important to quote the source and author of anything you post here if you didn't write it yourself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Meaning of the sentence

    Hi, thank you.
    - Yes it was me on the other forum, I posted the question there and later found out this forum which I thought might be a more suitable place to get an answer, that is why I posted it here as well,
    - I come across the term in a couple of articles (one of the sources below) and I find difficult to understand what “It is hard to overstate” means, therefore I asked to paraphrase it, if possible.
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    https://www.anquotes.com/bill-gates-quotes/
    “It is hard to overstate how valuable it is to have all the incredible tools that are used for human disease to study plants.”
    Last edited by kopy; 18-Mar-2019 at 18:18.

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    #4

    Re: Meaning of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kopy View Post
    Hi. Thank you.

    - Yes, it was me on the other forum. I posted the question there and later found out about this forum, which I thought might be a more suitable place to get an answer. That is why I posted it here as well.

    - I came across the term in a couple of articles. One of the sources is below. I find difficult to understand what “It is hard to overstate” means. Therefore I asked you to paraphrase it, if possible.

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    https://www.anquotes.com/bill-gates-quotes/
    “It is hard to overstate how valuable it is to have all the incredible tools that are used for human disease to study plants.”
    It's a common cliche. Have you looked up overstate?

    No matter how valuable you say the tools are, they're probably even more valuable than you say. They're extremely valuable.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: It is hard to overstate how valuable it is.

    kopy, please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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