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no way

Post by navi » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:45 am

Which are correct:

1) There's no way I will help a man like him.
2) No way I will help a man like him.
3) No way will I help a man like him.

4) In no way I will help a man like him.
5) In no way will I help a man like him.

'1', '2' and '3' are supposed to mean the same thing.
'4' and '5' are supposed to mean the same thing.

So, all in all, we have two meanings. They are not exactly the same.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:59 pm

I perceive no significant difference in meaning with any of these. What are the differences in meaning between 1-3 and 4-5, in your opinion?

4) would not be spoken by a native speaker (it should say "will I", not "I will", i.e. it would be identical to 5)..

The elision of the initial "There's" in 2) is barely acceptable except in informal contexts like jotted-down notes or online chats.
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