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    The coal industry is important to (A) every industrial nation (B) because most (C) other industries are directly or indirectly (D) dependent on it.

    It was a test once brought in one of my classes, 'every' is the incorrect word in this sentence that must be chosen but I don't know what the problem is about it. I'll be grateful if you find it why.

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    #2

    Re: every

    Not every industrial nation depends on coal as an energy source.

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    #3

    Re: every

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Not every industrial nation depends on coal as an energy source.
    Yes, you're right, that's an old test.
    Could you please if possible tell me what is grammatically wrong in 'every'?
    Thanks again.

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    Re: every

    I can't see a grammatical problem with it. It's purely a factual problem. How old is the test? I can't imagine what word they thought should replace "every". If you replace it with "all", you have to change "nation" to "nations" and it doesn't suggest that any other changes are possible. Maybe they thought it should be "each" industrial nation - I would disagree.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: every

    It is not grammatically incorrect; it is just incorrect.

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    Re: every

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    It is not grammatically incorrect; it is just incorrect.
    Thanks but I'm afraid it is not incorrect, it is not true. It is false but correct.

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    Re: every

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Thanks but I'm afraid it is not incorrect, it is not true. It is false but correct.
    Your statement makes no sense. If I say "Two plus two equals five", that is incorrect. It's also not true. It's false.

    The sentence "The coal industry is important to every industrial nation" is not correct because it is not true. There is still nothing wrong with it grammatically.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your statement makes no sense. If I say "Two plus two equals five", that is incorrect. It's also not true. It's false.

    The sentence "The coal industry is important to every industrial nation" is not correct because it is not true. There is still nothing wrong with it grammatically.
    Oh, yes, thanks, I think one of the meanings of 'correct' is 'true,' and I must have said 'grammatically correct.'

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    #9

    Re: every

    How about - it is syntactically correct but semantically incorrect?
    Would it be correct to describe it this way?

    Thank you

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