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Grammar police - assistance please.

Due to an unforseen circumstance...

or

Due to an unforseeable circumstance..

??

I love having this board to go to with grammar questions. Thanks, ladies!

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Re: Grammar police - assistance please.

  • It's the point in time. 

     

    Unforseen:  You didn't know it was going to happen.  Something in the past.

    Unforseeable:  You can't know if it will happen.  Something in the future.

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  • Cool. That's what I thought, but you guys are just so garsh darn smarts.
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  • it also speaks to responsibility - something that was unforeseen may have been overlooked, while something that is unforeseeable couldn't have been prepared for

    It's like "I did not see that coming" vs "I could not have seen that coming (and neither could anyone else)."

    unexpected vs inexplicable...

  • image kaylynne:

    it also speaks to responsibility - something that was unforeseen may have been overlooked, while something that is unforeseeable couldn't have been prepared for

    It's like "I did not see that coming" vs "I could not have seen that coming (and neither could anyone else)."

    unexpected vs inexplicable...

    Yes!  Good explanation!  I couldn't figure out how to word this...

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