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Re: "Barely but booleanly"

From:Edward Miller <sewerbird@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 2:18
Have never heard 'any' used this way. Feels gratingly ungrammatical
and doesn't make sense to me. :-)

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM, Kelly Alioth Drinkwater
<mizunomi@...> wrote:
> Would the prosody make a difference? IMD, in a sentence like "I can do > anything", I'd probably put quite a bit of emphasis on the anything, > whereas "I know any Chinese vocabulary" is patterned just like "I know > some Chinese vocabulary", without emphasis on any. > > (And yes, I'm well aware this is not prescriptively correct. I use it > consciously.) > > On 6/9/08, Eugene Oh <un.doing@...> wrote: >> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 12:19 AM, Kelly Alioth Drinkwater < >>> wrote: >> >> > Really? Uh oh. How about "I know any Chinese vocabulary"? >> > >> >> >> In fact, I think this is even more likely to be interpreted the opposite of >> how you intended. For one, I construed you correctly the first time, but was >> thrown off by this sentence. Is this "positive 'any'" a common feature of >> people's speech in many places? I have never heard of it before and in fact >> instinctively class it as prescriptive-wise incorrect, given the meaning of >> "any". >> >> >> Eugene >> >