1. Tom is taller than anyone else in his class.
2. Tom is taller than everyone else in his class.
Do these two sentence mean the same thing (Tom is the tallest in his class)?
I fail to detect the differences.
3. The best weaver should have a larger coat than anyone else.
(A sentence quoted from Gorgias by Plato and Robin Waterfiel)
4. Julius was less affected than anyone else by the treatment program.
(A sentence quoted from The Drinking Man by David Clarence McClelland)
If I changed "anyone" to "everyone" in #3 and #4, would the meanings differ?
5. Roosevelt was president from 1933 to 1945, longer than anyone else in American history.
If I changed "anyone" to "everyone" in #5, I can sense the meaning is different, but I cannot specify the differences.
Last edited by outofdejavu; 24-Dec-2008 at 08:34.
I haven't seen anyone else here besides you and me.
Where as 'everyone else' means: "every person" including the speaker. In the above example you can not replace anyone with every one.