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    Apathetic Wench AnruiUkimi's Avatar
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    Default Help me explain why this sentence doesn't make sense

    "There is no one but has weaknesses."


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    Default Re: Help me explain why this sentence doesn't make sense

    i don't know, it's kind of shakespearian

    i'm sort of touched actually

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    Default Re: Help me explain why this sentence doesn't make sense

    Something about it niggles me the wrong way. I even googled it verbatim, and it only appears on the internet as being from a Japanese - English grammar book.
    "...There was Kirk going, “Scotty, we need warp factor 9 in five seconds, or we’re toast!” And he goes, “I can give you 30 miles an hour in a week, Captain, how about that?” ~Eddie Izzard

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    Default Re: Help me explain why this sentence doesn't make sense

    Sounds like something I would say.
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    My suspicion is that it's just one of those things that although not wrong grammatically does not reflect natural usage and so it strikes the native speaker's ears funny.
    But the one thing that might apply here that could possibly make it actually wrong is that we use "but" after "no" words like "no one" and "nothing" to mean only. For example, "He saw no one but his father." meaning "He saw no one, only his father." If we apply this rule to your sentence it would turn into "There is no one only has weaknesses." Which would mean something completely different.
    But if I was to place a bet why it seems wrong to you it would be on my first theory, not my second.

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    Default Re: Help me explain why this sentence doesn't make sense

    Bit of both, actually. Thanks for the detailed answer.
    "...There was Kirk going, “Scotty, we need warp factor 9 in five seconds, or we’re toast!” And he goes, “I can give you 30 miles an hour in a week, Captain, how about that?” ~Eddie Izzard

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliDimayev View Post
    Sounds like something I would say.
    Therefore it must be completely and utterly wrong.
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