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    shut up everyone?

    Is it possible to say "You can't shut up everyone in this room"? Or should it be "You can't shut everyone up in this room?

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    Re: shut up everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighPriest View Post
    Is it possible to say "You can't shut up everyone in this room"? Or should it be "You can't shut everyone up in this room?
    I would consider "shut up" to be a separable phrasal expression used in either way.

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    Re: shut up everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by HighPriest View Post
    Is it possible to say "You can't shut up everyone in this room"? Or should it be "You can't shut everyone up in this room?
    I may be the only person that thinks this, but to me:

    You can't shut up everyone in this room = You can't make all the people in this room stop talking or making any noise.

    You can't shut everyone up in this room = You can't enclose all of these people in this room and then close/lock the door.

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    Re: shut up everyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I may be the only person that thinks this, but to me:

    You can't shut up everyone in this room = You can't make all the people in this room stop talking or making any noise.

    You can't shut everyone up in this room = You can't enclose all of these people in this room and then close/lock the door.
    I agree. I immediately thought the same thing.

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