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anyone/just anyone

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:56 am
by navi
1) How would you feel if your dog attacks anyone?
2) How would you feel if your dog attacks just anyone?

Is there a difference in the meanings?

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: anyone/just anyone

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:06 pm
by Erik_Kowal
I don't think a native speaker of English would be very likely to utter 1). They would be more likely to say something like "How would you feel if your dog attacked {someone / somebody}?"

To my mind, 2) carries the meaning "How would you feel if your dog attacked people at random?"