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    #1

    almost everybody's silence

    1-Almost everybody's silence about this event is annoying.
    2-The silence of almost anybody about this event is annoying.

    3-What is annoying is almost everybody's silence about this event.

    4-What is annoying is the silence of almost everybody about this event.

    In which case:
    a-Not the silence of everyone is annoying, but the silence of most people is. There are people whose silence is not annoying.
    in which:
    b-The fact that almost everybody is silent is annoying (not everybody is silent)
    and in which case:
    c-The sentence is ambiguous.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: almost everybody's silence

    1 a
    2 b (Shouldn't it be everybody?)
    3/4 are more ambiguous, I think.

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    #3

    Re: almost everybody's silence

    Thank you very much Tdol.

    You are right. It should be everybody. I don't know why I made that mistake. I think anybody is incorrect.

    Thanks again.
    Navi.

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