Posted by R. Berg on March 16, 2003
In Reply to: So, dear friends, in modern english posted by jee-an on March 16, 2003
: are the structures of 'Not all..to be (or Do )sth else'
: and 'All sth to be (or do) not sth else' still in used side by side ? coz too me they are mean two difference things. And I even don't know if the way to understand 'All that glitters is not gold' as 'Not all that glitters is gold' still conventional in modern english. If it is , then how should we differenciate the meanings of those two structures.
: By the way, I have a wild guess that 'Not all that glitters is gold'could be rephrased in full as 'it is not that all that glitters is gold'.
: Thank you all
Your last statement is correct. Logically, "It is not that all that glitters is gold" says the same thing as "Not all that glitters is gold." We could also say "It is not true that all that glitters is gold."
I can't answer the first question because I don't know what you mean by "sth else."