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    Not everone .....

    Not everyone understands what you say.
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    Everyone doesn't understand what you say.

    I think the second sentence means no one understands what you say.
    And if the two is equal to each other, is it usual that native speakers say "Everone isn't/doesnt..."
    So, what's the answer?

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    Re: Not everone .....

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    Not everyone understands what you say.
    =
    Everyone doesn't understand what you say.

    I think the second sentence means no one understands what you say.
    And if the two is equal to each other, is it usual that native speakers say "Everone isn't/doesnt..."
    So, what's the answer?

    "Not everyone understands what you say". This means that some people understand what you say and some people do not understand what you say. "Everyone doesn't understand what you say" is wrong.


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    Re: Not everone .....

    'Everyone' is not used with a negative predicate. Use 'anyone': "There is not anyone who... ."

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    Re: Not everone .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    'Everyone' is not used with a negative predicate. Use 'anyone': "There is not anyone who... ."
    Is "Nobody understands what you say." also possible, with the same meaning?

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    Re: Not everone .....

    "Not everybody understands..." is NOT the same as "Nobody understands..."

    The first one means that some do, but some do not.
    The second one means that no one understands.

    Assume 10 people hear you.

    "Not everybody understands you" means that between 1 and 9 people do not understand (and therefore, 1-9 people DID understand you).

    "Nobody understands you" means that 10 people did not understand, and 0 people did.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Not everone .....

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    Not everyone understands what you say.
    =
    Everyone doesn't understand what you say.

    I think the second sentence means no one understands what you say.
    And if the two is equal to each other, is it usual that native speakers say "Everone isn't/doesnt..."
    So, what's the answer?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***The other posters have given you excellent advice. I thought you would like to know that occasionally (VERY occasionally), native speakers DO say: Everybody doesn't understand what you are saying. It's usually done when the speaker is angry. Let's say your boss is speaking to his 100 workers: "Sorry. I have to fire 50 of you. I'm sure everybody understands what I am saying." You yell: "No, sir. Everybody DOESN'T understand! I don't understand. I'm sure there are others who don't understand. We know you are making lots of money. There is no need to fire anyone." Of course, if you speak like this, you will not have a job the next day.

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    Re: Not everone .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Not everybody understands..." is NOT the same as "Nobody understands..."
    I was quoting a message with There is not anyone who..., so I was asking whether Nobody undestands is the same as There is not anyone who, not Not everybody understands.

    My point was that for me Nobody understands sounds less "complicated" than There is not anyone who undestand.

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    Re: Not everone .....

    It wasn't clear what your question was. I thought you were referring back to the original.

    Yes.

    There is not anyone who understands you = Nobody understands you = There is no one who understands you.

    Of those, "Nobody understands you" is my MUCH preferred choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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