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"Nein, nicht alles!"

Translation:No, not everything!

March 30, 2013



What is the difference between ´alle´ and ´alles´?


"Alle" generally means "everyone" (but it's also an adjective) and "alles" means everything.


Why do we say "Nein, nicht alles!" instead of "Nein, alles nicht!"?


Because 'everything' is a pronoun. In German, nicht is used before pronouns, adjectives and adverbs.


Why isn't, "No, not all!" acceptable?


Could someone please elaborate on why "alles" can't be "everyone" here. I'm sure it was used like that in a lesson.


If you're saying "everyone" broadly, you would say "alle." 'Alle haben einen Apfel' would sound like 'Everyone has an apple,' as in this vague group of people has a single apple just sitting in their midst.

If you're saying everyone with respect to each person as an individual, literally "every one," it's jeder. 'Jeder hat einen Apfel' looks like every single person addressed has one apple each.

For the most part alle/jeder is a tonal difference when talking about people.

Alles, however, literally means "everything." You normally wouldn't explicitly refer to people as things. It's more for making general statements. "Do you have everything." "Everything is fine" etc.


Its sounds like nichts in the voice rather than just nicht

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