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    "all... not [verb]"?

    I can't really understand a sentence with the structure "all... not [verb]",
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    "All sentences cannot be corrected this way."
    Does it mean "No sentences can be corrected this way." or "Not all sentences can be corrected this way."?
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    Re: "all... not [verb]"?

    If Logic, then (a); if not, then (b)

    "All sentences cannot be corrected this way."

    (a) No sentences can be corrected this way. <deduction>
    (b) Not all sentences can be corrected this way. <advice to a teacher>

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    Re: "all... not [verb]"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    If Logic, then (a); if not, then (b)
    "All sentences cannot be corrected this way."
    (a) No sentences can be corrected this way. <deduction>
    (b) Not all sentences can be corrected this way. <advice to a teacher>
    What do you mean? Do you mean that the sentence can have two meanings, depending on the context?

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    Re: "all... not [verb]"?

    Yes, dihen. You're correct.

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    Re: "all... not [verb]"?

    Actually, the original is "All of the sentences cannot be corrected this way."; I remembered it wrong. Does it still have two possible meanings, "None of the..." or "Not all of the..."?

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    Re: "all... not [verb]"?

    Ambiguity abounds, dihen. Sorry. Both meanings are possible:

    [1] All of the sentences (in this book) cannot be corrected this way.

    => Not all of the sentences can be corrected this way. Some of the sentences require diagrams.

    => None of the sentences can be corrected this way. The correction method, itself, doesn't serve the right purpose.

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    Re: "all... not [verb]"?

    But these are not ambiguous, are they?
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    All the children didn't even come. (only "all> not" is possible?)
    All the children didn't come at all. (only "all> not" is possible?)

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