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  1. matilda
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    Hello all

    Which of these sentences are correct and why? I need some explanation, please.
    Never can I teach
    1-somebody
    2-anybody

    Regards

    Matilda

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    Re: 229-some/anybody?

    "Anybody" is right.Take for instance,this example,"Never can I teach anyone".If you couldn't teach someone then you say,"Never can I teach him/her/them/you.

    Hope that helps.


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    Re: 229-some/anybody?

    Yes,only anybody is feasible in th sentence


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    Re: 229-some/anybody?

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    Hello all
    Which of these sentences are correct and why? I need some explanation, please.
    Never can I teach
    1-somebody
    2-anybody
    Regards
    Matilda
    The two respondents are right, for language which represents the normal neutral. But for language that is more emotive, pointed,

    "Never can I teach somebody"

    is possible.

    Never can I teach ... [looking towards a certain person] SOMEBODY!

    The normal neutral;

    "Does anybody want pizza?

    A more pointed, emotive, thinking of one person;

    "Does soooomebody want pizza?

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    Re: 229-some/anybody?

    Interesting responses, as I don't think I have ever heard anyone use "never can I.....". Never will I/Never have I..... are common for emphasis, but is Never can I really used?


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    It sounded/sounds a bit odd to me too, Davy, for the given context.

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    thank you all. it really helped


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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    The two respondents are right, for language which represents the normal neutral. But for language that is more emotive, pointed,
    "Never can I teach somebody"
    is possible.
    Never can I teach ... [looking towards a certain person] SOMEBODY!
    The normal neutral;
    "Does anybody want pizza?
    A more pointed, emotive, thinking of one person;
    "Does soooomebody want pizza?
    I have to disagree with this - it's like claiming you can say anything you like and make it English just because you speak English and you've said it. You just CAN'T say 'Does somebody want pizza?' in this context - it simply doesn't mean that. If you want to stress the question, you say 'surely SOMEBODY wants pizza?' or 'Does ANYBODY want pizza?'


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN View Post
    Interesting responses, as I don't think I have ever heard anyone use "never can I.....". Never will I/Never have I..... are common for emphasis, but is Never can I really used?
    Never have I either, Davy - outside of poetical usage.

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    "Never can I xyz" seems an unusual structure, at first hearing; but it does seem to turn up in ordinary contexts. From Google (slightly edited, in some cases), first a literary usage:

    1. Never can I forget his audacious explanation: “Beg pardon, sir, but I was thinking of something else.”

    Then some everyday contexts:

    2. Never can I find a parking space that is not a mile from where I want to go to.

    3. Never can I remember feeling so sad for someone I haven't met.

    4. As I said, there are good moments, but never can I listen without complaint.

    5. Never can I remember feeling this good after a long trip.

    MrP

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