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Please explain why (using grammatical terminology and evidence) the first sentence is more acceptable than the second:

a. Few physicists will ever receive the Nobel Prize.

b. *The Nobel Prize is ever received by few physicists.

Please help me. I've really got no idea what's the difference between them.

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anonymousPlease explain why (using grammatical terminology and evidence) the first sentence is more acceptable than the second

'Ever' is not used in affirmative statements.

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Thank you very much for your answer! I didn't notice that before.

But I wonder, could that the second one creates ambiguous sentence meaning also be an explanation. Because it seems to me that the second one is talking about one Nobel Prize shared by different people.

anonymousBecause it seems to me that the second one is talking about one Nobel Prize shared by different people.

No, that is not a reasonable interpretation. Remember that all languages contain ambiguities if you stretch them unreasonably.