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General => Language Questions => Topic started by: azz on November 28, 2021, 02:05:13 am

Title: in any manner
Post by: azz on November 28, 2021, 02:05:13 am
a. I can do it in any manner.

I think that means that I can do it in all possible ways.

b. I doubt you can do it in any manner.

It seems to me that (b) is ambiguous.

It could mean

1. I doubt you can do it at all.
or
2. I doubt that you can do it in all possible ways.

I think meaning (1) is far more likely, but it seems to me that meaning (2) is possible, although I'd say that 'any' will have to be stressed.

Am I correct?

Many thanks
Title: Re: in any manner
Post by: admin on November 28, 2021, 10:13:15 pm
a. Doesn't really hang together. More likely is: I can do it in any manner you like. I.e. I can do a good (expensive) job or a poor (cheap) one.

b. is unusual but works OK. Only meaning 1 fits.