One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One's opinion or treatment of someone or something may vary according to the prevailing circumstances.
- ‘It seems nothing will induce them to accept that circumstances alter cases.’
- ‘The central question of moral philosophy and the question I briefly addressed is where we get the rules to decide how circumstances alter cases (among other things).’
- ‘Noses alter faces and circumstances alter cases, as the old saying puts it.’
- ‘His summary of the central controversy in moral philosophy as ‘circumstances alter cases’ show his limits, however.’
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