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    #1

    someone who dislikes

    1) There is always someone who dislikes everything I say.
    2) There is always someone who dislikes anything I say.

    In these cases, does the same person dislike everything I say, or do different people dislike different things that I say?

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    Re: someone who dislikes

    There is no way to know.

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    #3

    Re: someone who dislikes

    I'd guess that it is more likely that is different people; if it were always the same person, you'd probably name them, but Mike is right that the words alone don't tell us.

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    Re: someone who dislikes

    Thank you both very much.

    How about:

    a) Someone dislikes everything I say.
    b) Someone dislikes everything I say.


    c) Someone will dislike everything I say.
    d) Someone will dislike everything I say.

    Are all of these ambiguous as well?
    I think 'a' and 'b' suggest that I have one specific person in mind.

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    #5

    Re: someone who dislikes

    For me, it is still impossible to know.

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    #6

    Re: someone who dislikes

    If you wanted to say one particular person without naming them, something like a certain person would do the job better for me.

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