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    Hello teachers!!

    I need some help in the structure of these sentences:

    1. He may be tried again for the same offence.
    2. He may be tried again for substantially the same offence.

    My question is does the word 'substantially' change the meaning of the sentence?

    Thank you for the help

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    Re: word

    Quote Originally Posted by cherie lap View Post
    hello teachers!!
    welcome!
    i need some help in the structure of these sentences:

    1. He may be tried again for the same offence. "the same offence" means exactly the same offence.


    2. He may be tried again for substantially the same offence. "substantially the same offence" does not mean exactly the same offence. It means (basically the same)(essentially the same)(mostly the same)(almost the same) offence.

    my question is does the word 'substantially' change the meaning of the sentence?
    so yes, adding "substantially" does change the meaning of the sentence.



    Thank you for the help
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    Re: word

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    a : in a general or basic way
    ▪ The methods are substantially [=essentially] the same.

    b : almost completely : mostly
    ▪ There are still a few details to wrap up, but the project is substantially complete.

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