When you <tell><say>, you <are saying><say> the same thing twice.

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Context:

The speaker advises against using the word "possible" with the word "might".

Sample sentences:

1. When you say "It is possible that I might do something", you are saying the same thing twice.

2. When you say "It is possible that I might do something", you say the same thing twice.

3. When you tell someone that it is possible that you might do something, you are saying the same thing twice.

4. When you tell someone that it is possible that you might do something, you say the same thing twice.

Question:

Do the bolded verb tenses work in the sample sentences?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • AnythingGoes

    Senior Member
    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    Sentences 1 and 3 are natural. Numbers 2 and 4 could occur in some rare circumstances.
     

    london calling

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I agree with AG about your usages of 'say' and 'tell' but I find 'It's possible that I might..' unusual: I would need a very specific context to say something like that.
     
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