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I can't read a sentence you were chatting with.

I can't read one sentence you were chatting with.

I can't read one of the sentences you were chatting with.

** Do they all mean I can read all the sentences except one??

** How about "I can't read a word!" ??? Does it equal to "I can't read any word (there)" ?

**I can't read all the sentences you were chatting with.= I can read part of the sentences you were chatting with. ----Right??

**If I mean I can't read any sentences, Must I say: "I could read none of the sentences" ?

(Thanks for your patience to read these infantile questions, English negatives are very different from Chinese)
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>I can't read one of the sentences you were chatting with.
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>Do they all mean I can read all the sentences except one??

Only the above sentence is clearly expressing that. The other two are a bit confusing, they usually mean you can't read even a single sentence, IF you place the accent on A/ONE.
Thank you for your prompt response.Emotion: smile

Are there other ways to say "I can read all the sentences except one"? ?
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An interesting episode: I used "I can't read one of the sentences you were chatting with. ....." in a forum, and the chatter replied with explanations of all the sentences. So I sensed there must be sth wrong with the comprehension of negatives.
>>How about "I can't read a word!" ??? Does it mean "I can't read any word (there)" ?

Yes, but not necessarily. It might mean you can't read just one of the words, depending on your intonation.

This is why is important to accentuate/clarify:
"I can't read a single word!"
to mean
"I can't read any word (there)" ?

Maple An interesting episode: I used "I can't read one of the sentences you were chatting with. ....." in a forum, and the chatter replied with explanations of all the sentences.
Should have said:
I can't read understand/read this (specific) sentence: .....blah blah ...

**I can't read all the sentences you were chatting with.= I can read part of the sentences you were chatting with. ---- Basically, yes.

**If I mean I can't read any sentences, Must I say: "I could read none of the sentences" ? "I couldn't ready any of the sentences", would be better, IMO.
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I can't read a sentence you were chatting with.

I can't read one sentence you were chatting with.

I can't read one of the sentences you were chatting with.

** Do they all mean I can read all the sentences except one??

None of them implies that. It does not say that you can read any other.

** How about "I can't read a word!" ??? Does it equal to "I can't read any word (there)" ?

"I can't read a word" is usually used for example when the handwriting is so bad that you can't read it, or that the letter are so small that you can't see it...

**I can't read all the sentences you were chatting with.= I can read part of the sentences you were chatting with. ----Right??

No!

I can't read all the sentences you were chatting with.= I can't read part (or all) of the sentences you were chatting with.

**If I mean I can't read any sentences, Must I say: "I could read none of the sentences" ?

If you wanted to say "I can't read even the single one sentence." then yes.
Aperisic:

I guess you were using more precise logic to interprete the first three sentences.

I also concern about people's common direct responses to those sentences.

I can always learn a lot from your posts. [Y]

Thank you very much!

Maple
MapleI can't read a sentence you were chatting with.

I can't read one sentence you were chatting with.

I can't read one of the sentences you were chatting with.

** Do they all mean I can read all the sentences except one??I think all three could mean "just one sentence", but the first two could also mean "all of the sentences".

** How about "I can't read a word!" ??? Does it equal to "I can't read any word (there)" ?
literally it means "I can't read one of the words" but it more likely means "I can't read any of the words."


**I can't read all the sentences you were chatting with.= I can read part of the sentences you were chatting with. ----Right??
I think so.


**If I mean I can't read any sentences, Must I say: "I could read none of the sentences" ?
yes. Or "I coud not read any of the sentences."

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