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    in any/whatever sense

    Dear Friends,

    Suppose that A is a sentence which has 10 opposite meanings/senses. I want to express the opposite of A, but I fail because what I have come up with is not any of the 10 opposite meanings of A. Which do you think is correct:

    1. The speaker does not mean the opposite in any sense of A.
    2. The speaker does not mean the opposite in any of the senses of A.
    3. The speaker does not mean the opposite of A in whatever/any/any possible sense.

    I like 'The speaker ... in any possible sense.' best. What do you think?

    Thanks a lot!

    P.


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    #2

    Re: in any/whatever sense

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Suppose that A is a sentence which has 10 opposite meanings/senses. I want to express the opposite of A, but I fail because what I have come up with is not any of the 10 opposite meanings of A. Which do you think is correct:

    1. The speaker does not mean the opposite in any sense of A.
    2. The speaker does not mean the opposite in any of the senses of A.
    3. The speaker does not mean the opposite of A in whatever/any/any possible sense.

    I like 'The speaker ... in any possible sense.' best. What do you think?

    Thanks a lot!

    P.
    "in any way whatever" would be better still

    The speaker does not mean the opposite of A in any way whatever.


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    Re: in any/whatever sense

    Dear Anglika,

    I just wonder to what extent your suggestion ('in a any way whatever') is colloquial. I am writing an academic essay. Do you think your suggestion fits the style or is it rather everyday usage?

    P.


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    #4

    Re: in any/whatever sense

    I do not see any problem in using it in a formal context. It is explicit and simple.


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    #5

    Re: in any/whatever sense

    Thanks Anglika, and one last thing:

    Do you think 'sense' is ok in your sentence:

    The speaker does not mean the opposite of A in any sense whatever.

    Here, does 'sense' refer to the opposite senses of A or (as my intuitions say) 'sense' is a synonym of 'way'?


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    #6

    Re: in any/whatever sense

    Yes - I think it could work.

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