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    "We'll never be able to to do it"

    Is this sentence correct?

    - "We'll never be able to to do it", said the man to nobody in particular. ( Can we use especially or specially here instead of "in particular" ?)
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    Re: "We'll never be able to to do it"

    You could say '...to nobody special' but that's far less natural than '...to nobody in particular'.

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    Re: "We'll never be able to to do it"

    Is it natural to say "to no particular person"?

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    Re: "We'll never be able to to do it"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it natural to say "to no particular person"?
    Not really. The original is the natural way to say it.

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    Re: "We'll never be able to to do it"

    I am not a teacher

    "said the man to nobody in particular".

    Does this sentence mean "the man said to everybody, not to any specific person".

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    Re: "We'll never be able to to do it"

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post

    Does this sentence mean "the man said to everybody, not to any specific person".
    Not necessarily. He could have said it aloud with no other people in sight.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "We'll never be able to to do it"

    And there are one too many 'to's in your sentence and title.

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