All that glitters is not gold / All is not lost

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Codinome Shlomo, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Codinome Shlomo Senior Member

    Portuguese (Brazil)
    Hello.

    Why is the "not" placed after "all" in these two sentences ("All that glitters is not gold" and "All is not lost")? It would make more sense to me, as a Portuguese speaker, if it were placed before: "Not everything that glitters is gold" and "Not everything is lost."

    Are there more examples like these, in which "not" is placed after the "all"? Also, how do my examples with the "not" before the "all" sound?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Edinburgher Senior Member

    Scotland
    German/English bilingual
    These are historical exceptions to the normal way of saying such things. Your versions are perfectly correct.
     

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