“Who is to say...?” = “Who says...?” ?

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LastLight

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German
Hi do these two sentences mean the same?

1. “Who is to say he will not say yes?”

2. “Who says he will not say yes?”

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  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No.

    Who's to say? means "how can we know?".

    Who says? (in some contexts) means "I disagree" / "What makes you think that?".
     
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