If we have the two sentences:

John remembers everything.


John never forgets.

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

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    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
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    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

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

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