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azz
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:34:49 AM
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Can one say
a. Anything he does cannot be bad.

instead of
b. Nothing he does can be bad.
?

Can one say
c. Not anything he does can be good.

d. Not just anything he does can be good.
instead of
e. Not everything he says can be good.
?

Many thanks.
TMe
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:42:10 PM

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Anything I do, I do it for you.

I am a layman.
mactoria
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:10:57 AM
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Location: Stockton, California, United States
azz wrote:
Can one say
a. Anything he does cannot be bad.

instead of
b. Nothing he does can be bad.
?

Can one say
c. Not anything he does can be good.

d. Not just anything he does can be good.
instead of
e. Not everything he says can be good.
?

Many thanks.


Azz: In the first instance, yes you can say either (a) or (b), although (b) probably is more straightforward and easier for a reader or listener to understand.

In the second instance, (e) is the most understandable and probably most common way to say/write the sentence. (d) is okay but somewhat awkward, and (c) is so contorted it's not clear what the speaker/writer is trying to say. At least these are my opinions.
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