English Grammar help: all.were not / not all. were?
Topic: Two case statements
July 20, 2019 / By Noland Question:
Ok, here is the question.
Are there 2 statements meaning the same thing?
All of the dinosaurs were not dangerous
Not all of the dinosaurs were dangerous
I personally think (from my understanding), the first one means that ALL dinosaurs were dangerous while the second one only mean SOME of them (partial out of those all). So when did All and partial meaning the same thing?
There is someone who argues that those 2 statements meaning the same thing.
So, could someone please point this out? I would like to know whether it is my own misunderstanding or something? A link to the resource page (if there is one), will be greatly appreciated as well!
Thanks in advance.
Best Answers: English Grammar help: all.were not / not all. were?
Kurt | 9 days ago
I think this is a case of ambiguous syntax.
The first statement seems straightforward: All of the dinosaurs were not dangerous. All means ALL. 100%. NOT DANGEROUS.
The second statement is different because it says "NOT all". That means less than 100%. Some or a few or most. What makes it more confusing is that the descriptor is saying WERE dangerous instead of were NOT dangerous.
Not all of the dinosaurs were dangerous. (but some were)
Not all of the dinosaurs were not dangerous. (but some were)
These essentially mean the same thing, because they both mean that some dinosaurs were dangerous and some were not. But it is NOT equal to the first statement.
Substitute "100%" for "ALL" and "Less than 100%" for "NOT ALL" in each of the sentences and see if that helps.
In either case, I would stay out of that park.
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The first statment tells you that none of the dinosaurs were dangerous. (ALL of the dino's were NOT DANGEROUS = none dangerous).
The second statement tells you that some of the dinosaurs were not dangerous. (NOT ALL of the dinosaurs were DANGEROUS = some not dangerous, implying that some may be dangerous)
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"All of the dinosaurs were not dangerous" means that none of them were dangerous. All of them were not dangerous.
"Not all of them were dangerous" means that not all were, so, presumably, some were.
Sorry I don't have any links for you.
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