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    nobody

    Is this sentence correct:

    1-He was sitting there talking loudly to nobody.



    It is supposed to mean: He was talking loudly to an imaginary person.


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    Re: nobody

    We have no way of knowing whether he was imagining another person or not. He might have been talking loudly to himself. He might have simply been talking aloud. Clearly, according the speaker, there is nobody in the vicinity to whom he appears to be speaking.
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    Re: nobody

    You could use to nobody in particular.

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    Re: nobody

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could use to nobody in particular.
    That would suggest to me that he was talking to real people who were in the vicinity.

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    #5

    Re: nobody

    Thank you all very much,

    1a-He was talking loudly to nobody.

    and
    2-He wasn't talking loudly to anybody.

    could also mean:

    He was not talking loudly at all.


    Am I correct?



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    Last edited by navi tasan; 28-Dec-2013 at 13:31.

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    Re: nobody

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you all very much, Unnecessary

    1a-He was talking loudly to nobody.


    That could also mean:
    2-He wasn't talking loudly to anybody.

    Am I correct?

    I think "2" unambiguously means he was not talking loudly at all.

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    Unnecessary
    2 could be ambiguous. If he was talking loudly, then it means he was talking loudly to himself, rather than to anyone else. If he wasn't talking at all, then that's what it means.

    If I heard a man's loud voice but I couldn't see the man, I might say to someone I thought had seen him "Who was he talking loudly to?" They might answer with "He wasn't talking to loudly to anyone. He was talking to himself. He does it all the time".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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