Can't say the same

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Can't say the same

Post by STEVENSAKURA » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:48 pm

A: I don't like black people. They always do bad things.
B: You can't say the same for everybody. I also do not like racists.

- Do these sound natural?

Thanks so much!

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Re: Can't say the same

Post by PhilHunt » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:48 pm

"You don't/can't speak for everyone as I also don't like racist"
The use of 'also' would mean that you agree with the first person's statement as well as disliking racists.
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Re: Can't say the same

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:39 pm

I think what Steven means by "You can't say the same for everybody" is "Not all black people do bad things".
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Re: Can't say the same

Post by STEVENSAKURA » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:10 am

- Dear Erik_Kowal and Philhunt!

- What I mean by "You can't say the same for everybody" is "Not all black people do bad things". So it's not natural to say? :)

Thanks a lot!

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Re: Can't say the same

Post by Wizard of Oz » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:56 am

.. gidday Steve .. how does this sound ?? >>

A: I don't like black people as they always do bad things.
B: You can't say the same for everybody. They don't all do bad things. I also do not like racists.

WoZ who takes each person at face value
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Re: Can't say the same

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:17 am

STEVENSAKURA wrote:So it's not natural to say?
That is correct -- it would not be the natural way to express the meaning you intend.

A form of words that is a little closer to your original wording but still conveys your intended meaning is "You can't say the same thing about all of them". You could also say "That is not true of all black people".
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Re: Can't say the same

Post by Lanfear » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:54 pm

If you cannot tar all of the people in one group with the same brush, then can you dislike all racists?
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Re: Can't say the same

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:15 pm

Reading "In Westminster Abbey" convinces me that Sir John Bitumen did.
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