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    #1

    All that glitters is not gold.

    Please look at the sentences below:

    (1) All that glitters is not gold.
    (2) All of the books are not interesting.
    (3) None of the books are interesting.

    [Question 1] Is (2) a normal sentence? If so, does (2) mean (3)?

    [Question 2] I think that (1) clearly means "Not all that glitters is gold." But, if (2) means (3), (1) should mean "Nothing that glitters is gold." I am confused. Is (1) an exceptional case?

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    #2

    Re: All that glitters is not gold.

    Yes, 1 is a proverb. My advice is not to use this construction.

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    #3

    Re: All that glitters is not gold.

    Strictly speaking, it should be:

    Not all that glitters is gold.

    But we're stuck with it.

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    #4

    Re: All that glitters is not gold.

    Sentences two and three mean the same thing, but sentence two is a poor way of saying what sentence three says.

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    #5

    Re: All that glitters is not gold.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Strictly speaking, it should be:

    Not all that glitters is gold.

    But we're stuck with it.
    The original phrase seems to be "All that glitters is not gold" but many people quote the line from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, which is "All that glisters is not gold".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: All that glitters is not gold.

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    [Question 1] Is (2) a normal sentence?
    No.

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