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    Usage of this phrase: "There is no one but..."

    Hello, I have come across the phrase "There is no one but hopes to be rich." in a Chinese website that teaches English. It is supposed to mean: There is no one who doesn't hope to be rich.

    There are other examples of similar usage given:
    There is no one of us but wishes to go. =
    There is no one of us who doesn't wish to go.
    There is no one here but wants to learn. =
    There is no one here who doesn't want to learn.
    The list goes on....

    I have never heard of this phrase before. Is this an old phrase form that is seldom used now or have I been in a cave for too long?

    Thanks in advance.

    EDIT: Just want to clarify my question is relating to "There is no one but + verb". I understand the phrase "There is no one but + pronoun".
    Last edited by RachDS; 10-Dec-2014 at 17:44.

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    Re: Usage of this phrase: "There is no one but..."

    I think it's an archaic phrase form, and I have been racking my brain - without success - to think of an example in English literature. Can anyone else help?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Usage of this phrase: "There is no one but..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Sorry, I haven't made it clear in the post title, but perhaps you've missed my edit saying that the question is relating to "There is no one but + verb"? Could you clarify if I misunderstood?

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    Re: Usage of this phrase: "There is no one but..."

    Fair comment. Click here to read a similar thread on another forum.

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    Re: Usage of this phrase: "There is no one but..."

    There is an answer from another site, which quoted two examples from literature. Hope this helps, Grumpy.

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    Re: Usage of this phrase: "There is no one but..."

    I find the construction to be very unusual in modern English.

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