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    #1

    It is not true that any ...

    I'd like to prove that "no" in (1) is really a sentence modifier but not something that modifies the word "problem."

    Do you agree that (2) is a paraphrase of (1)?

    (1) No problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.
    (2) It is not [true / the case] that any problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

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    #2

    Re: It is not true that any ...

    If it were a sentence modifier;i.e., a sentential adverb (an adverb that modifies the entire sentence; e.g., Certainly,) you'd be able to omit it or move it.

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    #3

    Re: It is not true that any ...

    Dear Soup,

    I appreciate your help and comments, as always.

    Seiichi MYOGA

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    #4

    Re: It is not true that any ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    I'd like to prove that "no" in (1) is really a sentence modifier but not something that modifies the word "problem."

    Do you agree that (2) is a paraphrase of (1)?

    (1) No any problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.
    (2) It is not [true / the case] that any problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA
    Seems to me as though the any has been missing out of the first sentence.
    Is it?

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    Re: It is not true that any ...

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Seems to me as though the any has been missing out of the first sentence.
    Is it?
    No problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.

    There is not any problem so big that you can't find a solution to it.

    No any problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it. - wrong

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