Is the expression "I will refuse nothing that you ask of me" equivalent to saying "I will do everything that you ask of me" in a strict sense?

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  • @HotLicks That comment would make a good answer. Commented Mar 11, 2015 at 3:22

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There is a tiny difference.

The first says the speaker will not "refuse", but does not explicitly state that he will "do" what is asked. This gives a tiny bit of wiggle room to not fulfill a request which is "impossible".

But that would be "lawyer's" interpretation, not the "man-on-the-street" one, and the "man-on-the-street" reading would be that the first is the same as the second only more dramatic.


Yes. They both indicate that everything is a possible request and that nothing is an impossible request. The first may be a bit more dramatic.

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