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navi
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:17:33 PM
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Which are correct and make sense (assuming we are talking about a single monogamous marriage and not a series of them):

1) She can marry a lot of people, but not everyone.
2) She can marry a lot of people, but not anyone.
3) She can marry a lot of people, but not just anyone.

4) She could marry a lot of people, but not everyone.
5) She could marry a lot of people, but not anyone.
6) She could marry a lot of people, but not just anyone.

Gratefully,
Navi
thar
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:31:50 PM

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No, none of these are natural. IF you 'marry a lot of people' that is polygamy!

You could use another structure -
there are a lot of people she could marry

Because that means there is a large selection to choose from.

And the anyone or everyone doesn't work. Again, to marry everyone is polygamous on a grand scale!

These are not competing ideas. ' Not just anyone' means not someone without class, not someone inappropriate. But that is an idiomatic usage.For the normal use of anyone or everyone, it doesn't work.

There are a lot of people she could marry, but there are some she can't.
That may be the idea you are trying to express, but it really doesn't make much sense without some reason behind it.



Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 3:33:53 PM
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She could marry just about anyone she desires, but she's picky.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:37:49 PM

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With stress, one could say these:

Who is she allowed to marry?
She can marry a lot of people, but not anyone. She can't marry her own father or brother, for example.

If she were allowed to choose, who could she chose from?
She could marry a lot of people, but not anyone. She couldn't marry her father or brother, for example.

As thar says, " 'Not just anyone' means not someone without class, not someone inappropriate."

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leonAzul
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:44:07 PM

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I would express this differently:

She could marry any one of a number of persons, but not just anyone.

This involves a play on words; both the phrase "any one" and the word "anyone" sound the same when spoken, yet there is a subtle difference in meaning when the phrase "just anyone" is invoked.

"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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