You shouldn’t judge someone until you know what they are really like.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by homotopy07, Feb 11, 2019 at 9:39 PM.

  1. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    (1) You shouldn’t judge someone until you know what they are really like.
    <The Farlex Grammar Book>

    (2) You shouldn’t judge anyone until you know what they are really like.

    What's the difference between these two sentences?

    I suppose:

    (a) The speaker of (1) was having in mind one indefinite or particular person at the time of speaking.

    (b) (2) suggests "any person, without exception".
     
  2. AnythingGoes Senior Member

    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    Your understanding is correct.

    [Edited to fix a humiliating blunder. I can't believe I did that!]
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019 at 10:02 PM
  3. homotopy07

    homotopy07 Senior Member

    Japan
    Japanese
    Thank you very much, AS. :)

    [Your understanding is correct.]
     

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