google ? what's that ? Actually not so much google as Linux in general but you're right that's more or less how I'm coming at it. Let me give you a concrete example of two searches and thus explain why I think the hit counting behaves differently between texts and tools. I've chosen comparatively long strings to simplify checking the results.
First ESVS searching for "God created the heavens and the earth". With quotes I get 1 hit, without them I get 55 flex hits. With exact I get 1 either way - as you note above the quote thing requires flex to have an impact.
Second, Wallace Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics searching for "The nominative is the case of specific designation". Here I get 8 flex hits with quotes, and without quotes I get 187 flex hits, which is oddly low given the presence of 'the'. Given the look of the results I guess scope is something like a chapter. In any case this is not really the point in this post.
So the question is this : if with flex with quotes I get single occurrence of an 8 word string counted as 8 hits in a tool, and in a bible a flex search for a quoted 7 word string counted counted as 1 hit, isn't that counting hits differently ?
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