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Mustermisstler

Senior Member
Spanish.Spain
Hello everyone,

I have a question about the usage of the structures "not meant to be" and "not to be" , as shown in the examples below.


  • I always wanted to have children, but it was not meant to be.
  • I always wanted to have children, but it was not to be.

Is there any difference in meaning between them?


Thanks
 
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    I don't think so, not in practice, although the first might suggest some sort of destiny or fate at work. I wouldn't say it because I don't believe in the supernatural; sometimes I take figures of speech literally so I ask myself whose or what's intention might it have been that I should not have children?

    But I guess people less neurotic than me, use the "not meant to be" expression without a second thought.
     
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