"Tout le monde n'a pas mangé aujourd'hui."

Translation:Not everyone has eaten today.

January 23, 2013

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Wouldn't this translate to: Everybody didn't eat today?


This may not be the definitive answer, but browsing around Tatoeba, it would appear that "Tout le monde ne ...." is normally translated as "Not everybody...". http://www.tatoeba.org/eng/sentences/search?query=tout+le+monde+ne&from=fra&to=eng


Could a French speaker clarify if this sentence closer to «Il y a quelqu'un qui n'a pas mangé aujourd'hui.» or «Personne n'a mangé aujourd'hui.»

From a logic standpoint, the two sentences are not equivalent. The French sentence looks equivalent to the second, but the suggested English sentence is equivalent to the first.


"Tout le monde n'a pas mangé" is the negation of "tout le monde a mangé", which means that "tout le monde" cannot be claimed.

In other words, it indeed means "au moins une personne n'a pas mangé aujourd'hui" / "il y a quelqu'un qui n'a pas mangé aujourd'hui".

In English: Not everybody ate today = "at least one person has not eaten".

"personne n'a mangé aujourd'hui" = nobody has eaten today.


Thanks for the clarification!

I was confused because the English meaning changes depending on where the "not" is placed.

Not everyone has eaten today = Au moins une personne n'a pas mangé aujourd'hu Everyone has not eaten today = Personne n'a mangé aujourd'hui

In most past tense negations one can put a "not" after "have" (which would be the second translation here) but the suggested answer was different.


Excellent explanation


So how would we say everyone didn't eat today? Not everybody has eaten today does not mean Everyone didn't eat today. The second translation means nobody ate. The first means only some people did.

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What is the meaning of the sentence: "Somebody has eaten today, but not everyone" or "Nobody has eaten."?


I wish I could tag Sitesurf or jrikhal here. I'm really confused by this construction. Same with 'Tous les commentaires n'étaient pas positifs.'


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nobody ate today is good and precise.


A) I would agree and B) this discussion is making me hungry. English can be weirdly flexible in negations.


I also wrote "Nobody has eaten today",I've never heard this version


"Nobody has eaten today" or " Everyone has not eaten today"


"Nobody has eaten today" is a misinterpretation of the French sentence. It means that there was not a single person who had to eat, whereas "tout le monde n'a pas mangé aujourd'hui" means that some ate and some did not.

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Thanks Sitesurf. I've got it now.


Can anyone please educate me as to why tout le monde uses the conjugation for il/elle/on rather than ils/elles, when the phrase 'everybody' is clearly plural?


"Everybody" is a 3rd person singular subject, as well as "tout le monde" (lit. "the whole world").


I'm not always sure in the discussion pages if everyone had the same exercise. Mine was to "type the French that I hear." But, I interpreted it as:

Tout le monde - a lot of people

n'a pas mangé - did not eat

aujourd'hui - today

And, so my interpretation was that perhaps it was a "fast day."

That is clearly different than "Not everybody has eaten today." because the implication three-day that everybody should - or wants to - eat today.


On a fast day, you will say "personne n'a mangé aujourd'hui" = nobody has eaten today.

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