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    #1

    Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    1. Anything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    2. Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    Are the sentences above correct? Do they mean the same? If 'yes' what's the difference between them?

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    #2

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    1. Anything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    2. Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    Are the sentences above correct? Yes.

    Do they mean the same? Yes.

    If 'yes' what's the difference between them? The words.
    I hope that helps.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I hope that helps.
    Yes, it helped, thank you. And If I say 'All offensive will be edited out a later stage.' would it be correct, too?

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    #4

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    No. You would need "All offensive words/terms/images/scenes will be edited out ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    I get it. 'All is used with plural nouns.

    I have one more sentence - 'Anything/Everything offensive word will be edited out at a later stage.' Is it correct? I think it's not correct.

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    #6

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    No. Don't use "word" etc after "Anything/Everything".

    Anything offensive will be edited out.
    Everything offensive will be edited out.
    Any offensive word will be edited out.
    Every offensive word will be edited out.
    All offensive words ​will be edited out.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    It must be said that in this context, Anything offensive is the more likely of the two. Using this serves as a warning not to include offensive content.

    If you say Everything offensive will be edited out, you are implying that you expect there to be content to be edited out.

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    #8

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    My last question.

    1. So we made a deal. I would answer questions about my exploits, and he'd edit out anything I did that was less than legal.
    2. So we made a deal. I would answer questions about my exploits, and he'd edit out everything I did that was less than legal.
    3. So we made a deal. I would answer questions about my exploits, and he'd edit out any I did that was less than legal.
    4. So we made a deal. I would answer questions about my exploits, and he'd edit out every I did that was less than legal.
    5 So we made a deal. I would answer questions about my exploits, and he'd edit out all I did that was less than legal.

    1st and 2nd sentence is correct, 3rd and 4th is wrong? 5th is correct??

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    #9

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    Use either 1. or 2.

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    #10

    Re: Anything/Everything offensive will be edited out at a later stage.

    In 1 and 2, anything suggests there's a good chance you did nothing illegal. Everything suggests you were a habitual criminal.

    3, 4, and 5 are incorrect.
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