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    Anyone who... will not

    HERITAGE GUIDE TO USAGE AND STYLE(2005):
    He who is late won't be able to ski can be written as Anyone who is late won't be able to ski or The people who are late won't be able
    to ski
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    My question is: Can we rewrite the sentence Anyone who is late won't be able to ski as No one who is late will be able to ski without changing its meaning?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Anyone who... will not

    Yes, they are the same. This particular usage reflects the ancient history of the word "any" which used to be a negation, a cognate of the Icelandic "ekki" and the Swedish "ej," meaning "not." The meaning gradually shifted to "not one" and then "just one" and then "any one."

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    Re: Anyone who... will not

    Glad to be of help.

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