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General => Language Questions => Topic started by: Takashi on February 23, 2018, 04:58:10 pm

Title: nothing but
Post by: Takashi on February 23, 2018, 04:58:10 pm
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the following sentences.

A. He is nothing but an amateur.

B. He is nobody but an amateur.

C. He is no one but an amateur.

It seems to me that B and C are not appropriate.  Could you tell me if I am correct about this?

If they are inappropriate, could it be because "being amateurish" is not a person but one of his attributes, making "nothing" rather than "nobody" or "no one" appropriate?

Thank you very much.

Takashi
Title: Re: nothing but
Post by: Darryl on February 23, 2018, 09:33:22 pm
Yes. I agree with your correct choice and your analysis.
Title: Re: nothing but
Post by: Takashi on February 24, 2018, 12:55:06 am
Thank you very much indeed, Darryl!
I really appreciate it.

Takashi