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Brigid O'Shaughnessy asks Spade if the Falcon had been real, and he'd gotten the entire $10,000, would it have made a difference.

What is the meaning of difference in this sentence ?

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  • The sentence is very poorly written. IMDB reviews are a terrible source for decent writing in English. This is reported speech, but the writer omits quotation marks. The sentence should read: Brigid O'Shaughnessy asks Spade: "If the Falcon had been real, and he'd gotten the entire $10,000, would it have made a difference?" Consult your dictionary to learn the meaning of difference. It is used here in an entirely ordinary sense. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 8 '16 at 4:41
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"Would it have made a difference" here could be translated simply into "would it have changed anything about the situation".

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