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I've been through some really bad things. But when I think back about what I have been through, I find that the worst thing was saying good-bye to the members of our group.

Is it possible for the sentence to have the same sense of 'me-finding' even when that 'I find that' part is ommitted , like:

But when I think back about what I have been through, the worst thing was saying good-bye to the members of our group.

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is there anybody could tell me that?

thank you !Emotion: smile


Dear Taka,

It is my opinion that the meaning is the same. There is perhaps more subjectivity however in the version of the sentence with «I find that».

Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund
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Hi,

Yes, it adds 'me-finding'. It suggests that there was a touch of discovery and surprise in the 'finding'.

Consider a simpler example.

I'm sorry, I find that I can't come for dinner tomorrow.

Best wishes, Clive
Clive,

My question is, if you heard:

When I think back about what I have been through, the worst thing was saying good-bye to the members of our group.

even without the ' I find that' part, would you comprehend the implication that I find the worst thing?
Hi Taka,

if you heard:

When I think back about what I have been through, the worst thing was saying good-bye to the members of our group.

even without the ' I find that' part, would you comprehend the implication that I find the worst thing?


As I said, 'I find' suggests that there was a touch of discovery and surprise in the 'finding'. Without it, the statement that the worst thing was . . . seems a bit more factual. 'I find' invites the reader to share a little in the moment of 'finding', the moment of discovery.

Clive
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CliveWithout it, the statement that the worst thing was . . . seems a bit more factual.

When I think back about X, Y was ...

When you think about X, and then Y was something, don't you think the description of Y is a product of your thought, a kind of 'finding', after all?
Hi,

Yes, but it doesn't stress the 'finding'.

Clive
OK. So it's a matter of stress. I understand.

Thank you, Clive---and goldmund!
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