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In the context of a US government official requesting people who work for him to slow down testing, are the following sentences the same or totally different? ďI asked them to slow down the testing.Ē ďI told them to slow down the testing.Ē

The same
12 (42.9%)
Totally different
7 (25%)
Not exactly the same but not totally different
6 (21.4%)
Debatable
3 (10.7%)

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In the context of Trump telling people who work for him to slow down testing, do the following sentences mean the same thing or are they totally different?

ďI told them to slow down the testing.Ē
ďI asked them to slow down the testing.ď
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I wonder if you'd get the same results about "a hypothetical president of the USA" as you will about "Trump"
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I wonder if you'd get the same results about "a hypothetical president of the USA" as you will about "Trump"
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When my wife asks me to do something, she's telling me to do it.

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When my wife asks me to do something, she's telling me to do it.
do you want to ............  NO
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A lot depends on the relationship between the asker and the askee
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A lot depends on the relationship between the asker and the askee
Exactly. Someone with the power of Trump, asking is telling.
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Exactly. Someone with the power of Trump, asking is telling.
And depending who he's telling, being asked may mean being told to do the exact opposite.
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A lot depends on the relationship between the asker and the askee
Exactly. For my boss, there's almost no difference if he asks me or tells me to do something. From a random stranger, there is a big difference. And there are levels in between.
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And tone of voice can make a difference too
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Is that why a previous administration got rid of the ďdonít ask donít tellĒ policy for the military?

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A lot depends on the relationship between the asker and the askee
And the askan..