0

If we have the two sentences:

John remembers everything.

and

John never forgets.

Are there any nuances or tones that give different meaning to the two phrases.

3
  • 1
    I'd be more likely to say, "John never forgets" when I mean John holds a grudge.
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 7:09
  • 1
    Also the first sounds like you are impressed with the ability of remembering, whereas the second sounds more like he will remember specific things forever, grudges but also favours.
    – mplungjan
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 7:17
  • I'm not sure which phrase is more disturbing: "an elephant that never forgets" or "an elephant that remembers everything."
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 3:24

1 Answer 1

1

Both are syntactically equivalent, however, the difference will be largely dependent on the context AND the way you delivered those sentences.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.