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I don't like all students

Does it mean I like some students or none?

I don't like every student

Does it mean I like some students or none?

I have always been bothered by these questions, and whenever I use them, no one seems to have an issue. That means, I could have been misunderstood all the time. Can some knowledgeable person shed some light on this?

  • Duplicate of Everything is not as it seems. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 15 '18 at 20:20
  • Possible duplicate of “Everything is not…” – Will Crawford Feb 16 '18 at 3:33
  • The answer to your question is yes. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 16 '18 at 19:57
  • This question is not a dup of the earlier q. It is true that answering each question involves understanding a sentence with a negative and a quantifier. However, the positions of negative and quantifier in this q are different from the earlier q. So the earlier q's answers don't answer this q. – Rosie F Feb 16 '18 at 20:24
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"I don't like all students" means that it is not true that I like all students. This means something similar to "I dislike some students".

"I don't like every student" is similar. It means that it is not true that I like every student.

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