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These towering men could have easily passed for hardened soldiers.

These towering men could have easily passed as hardened soldiers.

I was told that these two sentences basically mean the same thing. Is this the case? Also what's the difference in meaning if there's any.

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The first sentence is the more common form, I think. But they both mean that the men could be mistaken for hardened soldiers if someone looking at them didn't know any better.

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