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    alternative to "thing"

    Hi, how can I say this sentence without using the word thing. With 'thing' I mean fact or just something I'll mention in the next sentence.

    The only thing that I know.
    The only thing that I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Hi, how can I say this sentence without using the word thing. With 'thing' I mean fact or just something I'll mention in the next sentence.

    The only thing that I know.
    The only thing that I want.
    All (that) I want/know.

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    Re: alternative to "thing"

    Thank you, I forgot to mention that only must stay. In my language All and only have different meanings, I think in polish too.

    I don't want to say that All(everything) I want is e.g. you :).

    I want to say that I want only(no one else but) you. I don' want to use all or everything.

    the 2nd sentence with only is in my opinion less materialistic :)

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    Re: alternative to "thing"

    So, if I want to use all I would say

    All I want is you.

    and how about if I want to use only

    ?? Only I want is you
    ?? The one and only I want is you
    ?? Just you is what I want.

    I know, that these sentences are grammatically wrong, but maybe you know what I am trying to say and help me find the right form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Thank you, I forgot to mention that only must stay. In my language All and only have different meanings, I think in polish too.
    The same applies to any other language, I reckon.

    All has two principle meanings:

    1. the only thing (only one thing)
    2. everything (every single thing)


    So I should have thought that the best solution in your case is All (= The only thing) I want is you.

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    Re: alternative to "thing"

    OK, thanks for your help.

    I'll probably use the notorious phrase 'All I want is you' :). But if somebody knows anything less cliché, let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    OK, thanks for your help.

    I'll probably use the notorious phrase 'All I want is you' :). But if somebody knows anything less cliché, let me know.
    Let me be that somebody else and give you another option:

    It's only you that I want. (now you've got that only of yours in the sentence ).

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