Junya Shitara
What kind of image do you have of these sentences ?

(person-A)This medicine is effective.


(person-B)This medicine will make you feel better.


(this sentences isn't a conversation)


I think that person-A said a general theory.

And I think that person-B told a specific person such as a patient how effective that medicine is.



Mar 16, 2018 4:10 AM
Comments · 1
Saying something is effective in contrast to something making you feel better in a medical context are only slightly different. P-A (assuming that this transcript isn't of a conversation) would be more likely to be in a context surrounded by others in the medical field as "effective" is a word that is less likely to be used in bedside manner. Thus, P-B is in a less formal context, most likely with a patient saying "this medicine will make you feel better". The distraction chiefly rests on the formality of the context they're in
March 16, 2018
Junya Shitara
Language Skills
English, Japanese
Learning Language
English