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I am creating a summary for English and I thought to myself: which is the correct form?

  • the NSA doesn’t do everything by the book and lies about multiple facts.
  • the NSA doesn't do anything by the book and lies about multiple facts.
  • Idiomatically, multiple would be relatively unusual in this context (many, several, numerous [things] are more likely). – FumbleFingers Oct 4 '16 at 12:49
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The two sentences have different meanings, so which is 'correct' depends on what you're trying to say.

the NSA doesn’t do everything by the book and lies about multiple facts.

This means the statement that they do everything by the book is false. In other words, there are some things they don't do by the book.

the NSA doesn't do anything by the book and lies about multiple facts.

This means the statement that they do anything by the book is false. In other words, there's nothing they do by the book.

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