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not everyone

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:15 pm
by azz
a. Not everyone who is here knows anyone in your office.

I think (a) can have two different meanings:

1. Only some of the people who are here know everyone in your office.
2. Some of the people who are here don't know anyone in your office.

Am I right?

Many thanks.

Re: not everyone

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:31 pm
by trolley
I think your best bet would be to find whoever wrote/said that and ask them exactly what they mean. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Nothing good ever comes from purposeful ambiguity.