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any other man

Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:19 pm
by navi
1) If I acted that way, I would be similar to any other criminal.
2) If I acted that way, I would be similar to any other man that has no moral principles.

Does '1' say that I am a criminal?
Does '2' say that I have no moral principles?

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: any other man

Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:03 am
by Erik_Kowal
In both cases, the logic of the construction says yes.

However, in practice people often speak without wording their utterances too carefully, in a manner that makes them sound as though they are saying the opposite of what they actually mean. (For instance, I regularly hear "It's impossible to underestimate the effect of X on Y" when they actually mean "It's impossible to overestimate [...]")

So, AS USUAL, you have to take the context into account.