"doesn't make sense": idiom meaning, examples, use in context

Are the expressions "This doesn"t make sense" & "This makes no sense" equivalents? If not, what"s the difference?


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At a first approximation they mean the same thing, but there is an important difference.

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"This doesn"t make sense" is simply pointing out an inconsistency in whatever is being discussed. Eg, perhaps a column of numbers does not add correctly. Or, alternatively, it could be pointing out that phrase or sentence is somehow garbled and hard khổng lồ underst&.

"This makes no sense" is saying that substantial parts of the materials being discussed are inconsistent or impossible khổng lồ understvà. In essence it"s saying "This is nonsense".


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These phrases are equivalent in meaning & a google ngram query indicates roughly the same frequency of usage.

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Oldcat"s phản hồi does reveal a subtle distinction if you require emphasis.


Thanks, but I failed khổng lồ insert the graph in the answer field, which is really what I was after. –user98990 Jan 15 "15 at 23:22

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