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    impossible problem

    what is different between "nothing is impossible" and "impossible is nothing"


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    Re: impossible problem

    Quote Originally Posted by tompeter View Post
    what is different between "nothing is impossible" and "impossible is nothing"
    nothing is impossible is proper English

    impossible is nothing is incorrect English and meaningless.

    I first saw this slogan -
    impossible is nothing - in Shenzhen, China almost 4 years ago.





    At this time I thought this was so funny. I saw the bad English and I laughed. You see so many bad English posters in Asia and I took this picture as an example of one from Adidas the sports company that should know better.

    But this advertising seems to have migrated to North America now and it grates on my nerves every time I see the commercials using this slogan.

    Impossible is nothing is designed to get the attention of the reader. It is nothing more than marketing-speak. It is meaningless as it is but implies "nothing is impossible".


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    Re: impossible problem

    Quote Originally Posted by tompeter View Post
    what is different between "nothing is impossible" and "impossible is nothing"
    I disagree, Naamplao. [By the way, I think your name is really cool.] I think it's a very effective use of English. What's the old saying, "Turnabout is fair play".

    It grabs your attention, it makes you ponder; what else is advertising supposed to do but that.

    "nothing is impossible" - There isn't a thing that I can't do.

    "impossible is nothing" - To me, the word 'impossible' doesn't exist.[/QUOTE]

    or, to others, some other interpretation.


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    Re: impossible problem

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I disagree, Naamplao. [By the way, I think your name is really cool.] I think it's a very effective use of English. What's the old saying, "Turnabout is fair play".

    It grabs your attention, it makes you ponder; what else is advertising supposed to do but that.

    "nothing is impossible" - There isn't a thing that I can't do.

    "impossible is nothing" - To me, the word 'impossible' doesn't exist.

    or, to others, some other interpretation.
    Thanks for the compliment on my name

    Well, we can agree to disagree. You are correct that it grabs your attention....but it is the fact that it is bad English that does the grabbing.

    I have a marketing background so I understand its use....but I don't have to like it.


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    Re: impossible problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Thanks for the compliment on my name

    Well, we can agree to disagree. You are correct that it grabs your attention....but it is the fact that it is bad English that does the grabbing.
    That we can, Naamplao.

    There is really no such thing as "bad" English. There is unnatural English and ungrammatical English, but what does "bad" really mean?

    In this case, it's grammatical and it has a message, so what more could you ask of language?


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    Re: impossible problem

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    That we can, Naamplao.

    There is really no such thing as "bad" English. There is unnatural English and ungrammatical English, but what does "bad" really mean?

    In this case, it's grammatical and it has a message, so what more could you ask of language?
    As I said...we can agree to disagree

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    Re: impossible problem

    this device is thousands years old and has been used by the greatest orators: This is pure rhetorics and yet rhetorics remains so controversial..
    Though fall'n on evil days,
    On evil days though fall'n!
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    Re: impossible problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    nothing is impossible is proper English

    impossible is nothing is incorrect English and meaningless.

    I first saw this slogan -
    impossible is nothing - in Shenzhen, China almost 4 years ago.





    At this time I thought this was so funny. I saw the bad English and I laughed. You see so many bad English posters in Asia and I took this picture as an example of one from Adidas the sports company that should know better.

    But this advertising seems to have migrated to North America now and it grates on my nerves every time I see the commercials using this slogan.

    Impossible is nothing is designed to get the attention of the reader. It is nothing more than marketing-speak. It is meaningless as it is but implies "nothing is impossible".
    I think is called Chinglish

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