I was reading an article and ran into this phrase. Why “there is impact” is doubled in the end? Is it kind of emphasis of the phrase?

In Western nations, there is much talk presently about the need for philosophy to “impact” wider societies. But there is impact and there is impact.

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    The question should be also be about the repetition of there is x.
    – Lambie
    Mar 17, 2022 at 17:14

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But there is impact and there is impact.

means: there are different kinds of impact.

This usage: But there is x and there is x. is used to emphasize they are differences between whatever the noun is. Not all x are the same.

It is not always used with "but" but here [oh boy] it is used to make the difference with the previous statement sharper.

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    different kinds or different levels: I said I owed you a favor but you’re asking me to pay off your house. There’s favors and then there’s FAVORS.
    – Jim
    Mar 17, 2022 at 17:34
  • @Jim Are you adding anything NEW?
    – Lambie
    Mar 17, 2022 at 17:36
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    I thought I was expanding your statement of different kinds to also include different levels.
    – Jim
    Mar 17, 2022 at 17:42
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    When spoken, the two identical words are pronounced in different ways -- the last one will be stressed or in a different intonation pattern. Of course, this doesn't come through in print. Native readers will supply the intonation as they go along; English learners don't have this option. Mar 17, 2022 at 18:04

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