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sb70012
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:40:05 AM

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Hello,
Can we say that "pass me something" and "hand me something" are interchangeable in all sentences?
I mean with the same meaning.

Thank you.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 11:55:06 AM

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At the dinner table, you will say, "Please pass the potatoes."

The meaning is the same, but there may be differences in when civilized society expects you to use each.
Plus, the way that are presented in your sample makes them both sound like demands, or "barking orders" to others. Need to tone it down. "Please" helps. Otherwise, the consequence is that you'll get what you want only once or twice.

Will you hand me that hammer, please?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:05:56 PM

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sb70012 wrote:
Hello,
Can we say that "pass me something" and "hand me something" are interchangeable in all sentences?
I mean with the same meaning.

Thank you.


In most cases, yes. This is most often true when two people are working closely together. But at the table, "pass" is usually, but not always, used in AmE, as Wilmar said.
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