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    #1

    not anyone can

    1-Not anyone can do that.

    Does this mean:
    a-Nobody can do that.
    or:
    b-Not just anyone can do that.
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    Can one use:

    2-Just anyone cannot do that.
    3-Anyone cannot do that.

    instead of:

    b-Not just anyone can do that.

    I find '3' a bit strange.



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    #2

    Re: not anyone can

    Think of it as "Only some people can do that" or "Only someone special can do that."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: not anyone can

    The first would be correct as "Not everyone can do that". That would mean that only some people can do that.
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    #4

    Re: not anyone can

    Thank you very much Barb_D and Mike,

    So are 2 and 3 incorrect?


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    #5

    Re: not anyone can

    Yes.

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    #6

    Re: not anyone can

    That is, they are not correct in most contexts.

    As a response to someone who suggests that "anyone" can do that, it works, but there are implied quotes around "anyone."

    Him: Oh, so you wrote a novel in a month? So what. Anyone can do that.
    You: "Anyone" cannot do that! It takes someone with dedication and talent and passion. You don't know what you're talking about.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: not anyone can

    Not anyone can do that.
    This is a completely unnatural sentence. It literally means that no one can do it.

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