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not everyone

Post by navi » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:12 am

Can one use:
1) I can share a room with some people, but not everyone.
instead of:
2) I can share a room with some people, but not just anyone.

I don't think '1' makes sense. It is saying I can't share a room with everyone in the world. That is obvious. There won't be enough room. I don't think '1' could mean the same as '2'.


Am I correct?


Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: not everyone

Post by tony h » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:06 pm

To me, both are ok.

1. suggests you are less selective than 2.
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Re: not everyone

Post by Phil White » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:30 pm

1 is fine. Native speakers would understand it exactly the way you intend.
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Re: not everyone

Post by navi » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:31 am

Thank you both very much,
How about:

3) You can't share your room with everyone.
4) You can't marry everyone.
5) You couldn't marry everyone.

Do these work as well?

Gratefully,
Navi
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