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    everything and anything, whether and if

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions:

    No.1
    She's probably forgotten whether she invited us or not.
    I can use "if" to replace "whether". Is that right?

    No.2
    A man who can resist everything except temptation is very likely to end up in prison.
    Could you explain if I can use "anything" instead of "everything"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: everything and anything, whether and if

    Yes to both questions.

    Rover

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    Re: everything and anything, whether and if

    Dear Rover,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.

    I think I confuse "everythign but" and "everything except". There is difference between "everything but" and "anything but". Is that right?
    The former means "She can resist temptation" while the latter means "She can resist temptation". Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes to both questions.

    Rover

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