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Then here is a point to consider.

What is it?

When we say not-being, we speak, I think, not of something that is the opposite of being, but only of something different.

What do you mean?

For instance, when we speak of a thing as not great, do we seem to you to mean by the expression what is small any more than what is of middle size?

No, of course not.

Then when we are told that the negative signifies the opposite, we shall not admit it; we shall admit only that the particle “not”1 indicates something different

1 The two particles οὐ and μή in Greek.

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