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"He doesn't like his girlfriend to be fat."
"He doesn't like that his girlfriend is fat."

Do these two sentences have different connotation?

Thank you.
  • Majorbloodnock

    Senior Member
    British English
    Slightly, but not enough to make a significant difference. Perhaps more to the point is that the second term has a distinctly AE feel to it. I would suggest the social acceptability of the sentences is far more awkward than the slight differences in connotations.


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    One difference is that the second implies that she is fat now. The first can be said at any time, whether she's fat or medium or thin at that moment: he doesn't like it when (whenever) she's fat.