Accidents can/ will happen.

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optimistic pessimist

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Dear all,

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

Are these sentences the same in meaning?

Thank you!

OP
 

Route21

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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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