Negation of "There Are People Who Wear Glaasses"

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Negation of "There Are People Who Wear Glaasses"

Postby Monox D. I-Fly » Wed 28 Oct 2015 6:39 pm

Today in my workplace, my QC asked me what's the negation of "There are people who wear glasses". According to me, mathematically it should be "There is no people who wear glasses", because:

"There are people who wear glasses" = "Some people who wear glasses"
Its negation becomes "All people don't wear glasses" which means "There is no people who wear glasses"

However, she said that linguistically the negation should be "There are people who don't wear glasses"

Which one is correct?

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Re: Negation of "There Are People Who Wear Glaasses"

Postby choc_pud » Thu 29 Oct 2015 8:56 pm

Either form is correct, depending upon the context and meaning intended. If you say "There are no people who wear glasses" then you are stating that not a single person in the world uses glasses. But, however, if you say "There are people who don't wear glasses", you are stating that, though some people may wear glasses, there are also some people who do not.

Both are a negation of "There are people who wear glasses", but the meaning is subtly, though importantly, different.

I hope this helps! :D
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Re: Negation of "There Are People Who Wear Glaasses"

Postby Monox D. I-Fly » Mon 02 Nov 2015 4:54 am

But... 4 other forums which I asked the same question said that "There are people who don't wear glasses" isn't the negation of "There are people who wear glasses", because both can be true at the same time.

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Re: Negation of "There Are People Who Wear Glaasses"

Postby choc_pud » Tue 10 Nov 2015 9:55 pm

Monox D. I-Fly wrote:But... 4 other forums which I asked the same question said that "There are people who don't wear glasses" isn't the negation of "There are people who wear glasses", because both can be true at the same time.


What you say is true. Thusly, though only "there are no people who wear glasses" is the negative version, "there are people who don't wear glasses" is also an opposing version.

Very subtle but important differences! :ugeek:
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Re: Negation of "There Are People Who Wear Glaasses"

Postby Monox D. I-Fly » Fri 13 Nov 2015 6:35 pm

Well, at least now I know which one is right.


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