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    Default Re: Every boy does not like dancing. Not every boy likes dancing.

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I have read the whole thread, and have many of the same feelings as the other teachers, but I still feel like saying yes, they are both correct, and yes, they have the same meaning.
    I agree that both are possible and correct, but I don't see them having the same meaning- maybe it's a BrE thing, but I would interpret them the same way as Mr_Ben.

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    Default Re: Every boy does not like dancing. Not every boy likes dancing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I agree that both are possible and correct,
    I am not sure that I agree. I cannot imagine any native speaker, except a logician, coming out with," Every boy does not like dancing" as a statement.

    The only context I can imagine in which it does not sound completely unnatural to me is a contradictory response to the claim, "Every boy likes dancing". Even then, I feel that, "Not every boy likes dancing" is more likely.

    Perhaps it's just me.
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    Default Re: Every boy does not like dancing. Not every boy likes dancing.

    But it is a correct sentence. It's not a natural one, I agree.

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    Default Re: Every boy does not like dancing. Not every boy likes dancing.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am not sure that I agree. I cannot imagine any native speaker, except a logician, coming out with," Every boy does not like dancing" as a statement.

    The only context I can imagine in which it does not sound completely unnatural to me is a contradictory response to the claim, "Every boy likes dancing". Even then, I feel that, "Not every boy likes dancing" is more likely.

    Perhaps it's just me.
    I think, in that context, with heavy contrastive stress (and maybe a conspiratorial smile to suggest 'I'm stretching things a bit here), the underlined version might be heard. But I agree, the second version is more likely.

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    Default Re: Every boy does not like dancing. Not every boy likes dancing.

    I find many of the contributions very thought-provoking. But in any case, I'd like to leave this google search with about 18 billion similar phrases:

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22Ev...w=1067&bih=593

    Not all carry their meaning in the way I have tried to describe, but many do. Interesting reading IMHO.

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