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    Default I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    Could anyone explain the meaning of the captioned sentence?

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    JY

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Could anyone explain the meaning of the captioned sentence?

    Thanks!

    JY
    It's a very unnatural sentence. By the way, we don't use the expression "captioned sentence" in English.

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    But I am afraid that is a very famous song.

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    But I am afraid that is a very famous song.
    Song lyrics frequently contain unnatural English, that's to say constructions that nobody actually uses.

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    Do you mean people like the song without knowing what it really means?

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    The short answer to that is "Yes". A lot of very popular song lyrics are completely meaningless.

    In this case, however, the word "see" has two different meanings.
    First, "I don't see..." means "I don't understand.."
    Second, "what anyone can see..." means "what anyone can appreciate/admire/love.."
    So, the whole thing means, "I don't understand what any other person can find to admire in anyone other than you". Or, in other words, "You are the only truly admirable/loveable person in the world"
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Do you mean people like the song without knowing what it really means?
    People often like the tune, irrespective of the words, or lust after the performers.

    Rover

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    Default Re: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Could anyone explain the meaning of the captioned sentence?

    Thanks!

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    Just to let you know, there was a thread earlier where we established that using "captioned" to mean "in the title" is not natural in English. So your question would have been better as "Could anyone explain the meaning of the line I gave in my thread title?"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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