Similar words I'm certain. I'm sure. -------- What (the?) difference?How have you spent last night? OR How had you spent last night?Some additional qustion: - Why didn't you write the letter? But why? >> -Why have you NOT named any of your sons after yourself? >> Why not>> Why have NOT you named any of your sons after yourself?
Sep 18, 2012 5:25 PM
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"What's the difference?" In your examples, they are interchangeable. However, that does not mean they are always the same: "Certain" also has a meaning of something determined, while "sure" has a sense of safety and security. For example, you can say "I know a certain person" (a particular person), but "a sure person" gives a very different meaning (ie. a confident person). Conversely, "He operated the controls with a sure hand" means his control was confident and steady. Change "sure" for "certain" and you get a different meaning, ie. he specifically chose to use either his left or his right to operate it. Maybe the other hand was busy.
September 19, 2012
In terms of practical use, the words are basically the same.
September 18, 2012
Particular thanks for (to?) correcting me :)
September 18, 2012
And the question would be What is the difference?
September 18, 2012
Haha thanks. But it is still confusing some. Why there are needed so similar words.
September 18, 2012
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