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D00M
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:03:49 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is there any real difference in the meaning of the following two sentences?

I love nothing or no one but you.
I love nothing and no one but you.

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:16:17 PM

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To me, the difference is that the "or" version doesn't quite seem to make sense.

sureshot
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:14:52 AM
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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Is there any real difference in the meaning of the following two sentences?

I love nothing or no one but you.
I love nothing and no one but you.

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In my opinion. it is better to say:

- I love nothing and no one else but you.

This sentence makes it clear the the listener of the sentence is excluded from "no one".
thar
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:13:01 AM

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I don't think you need the 'else' because that meaning is included in 'but' - except.
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