dylan at dylan.me.uk
Thu Oct 3 13:43:53 PDT 2002
On Thursday 03 October 2002 21:32, you wrote:
> >> "All" as in the entire set of. "Most" would better fit the definition
> >> you have given.
> So, when one says, "I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse", they are really
> going to head out and purchase an equine for dinner?
No, they're being met-a-pho-ric-al. When I say I've eaten "all" my dinner, I
mean it's ALL gone, though. If you want to get picky I'll explain the
semantics of quantification, but suffice that words like ALL (and NONE, SOME,
MOST ...) have clear and almost completely fixed meanings/usages.
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