In retrospect

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Squirrel8

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english
Hey!

Can anyone tell me if there is a difference between the following sentences:
  • Looking back it was a strange feeling
  • In retrospect it was a strange feeling
Also what is the difference between "in retrospect" and "in/with hindsight"...?

Thanks :)
 
  • ogspog89

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Retrospect is derived from "to look back", is it not?
    I haven't frequently come across "with hindsight", but "in hindsight" does mean what Doofy described, backwards with new understanding, or rather with an action that the individual thinks they should have taken. "In retrospect" can also have this, but I don't think it is always the case.
     

    absolutelyfull

    New Member
    english
    As a writer its difficult but not impossible to distinguish the two, but pretty unlikely that a reader would appreciate the difference.
     
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