"to the extent that" for "to the effect that" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri Jun 22 21:16:27 UTC 2007

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> About your signature line, it should be noted that the
> official quote from the White House is "Destroying human life
> in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical." Apparently
> the prefix "un-" was just too difficult to attach to the base.

Or maybe Bush (or the speechwriter) just liked the way one version
sounded, over the other.  "Not ethical" is subtly different, and
slightly better, to my ear.  "Not" takes just a little more emphasis
than "un" when spoken.
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