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What's the meaning of this sentence: "I knew, in a way that I could think better than I could say, that it was different."

I suppose that its meaning is that "he understands the difference but cannot describe it well."

Is that right?!

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Yes, you have interpreted the sentence correctly.

The original sentence could also be shortened to

I knew, in a way better than I could say/describe, that it was different.

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  • Hm, I'm not sure the shortened version works. Maybe if it were further shortened by omitting "in a way." But I don't think the original needs shortening. Its use of "think" is just a little odd, but its simplicity is attractive. Maybe it's in the voice of a young person or someone who wouldn't use a more complicated word like "intuit" or "conceptualize." Commented Nov 27, 2023 at 15:25

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