By referring to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as "purely programmatic" (line 49) in nature, the author mo...

SeonAh on October 1, 2019

Quantifier Statement Negation (most)

In the example, you said that the opposite of “Most people care.” Is “50% or less of people care.” or we can also say it as “Most people don't care.” I don't really grasp the idea how “Most people don't care.” can be the opposite. I need further explanation :(

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on October 2, 2019

Hello @SeonAh-Lee,

"Most" can be described as anything more than 50%. If 51% of people care, then most people care.

If exactly 50% of people care, then we cannot say that most people care. It has to be more than half.

If only 49% of people care, then what can we say about the rest of the population? We can say that 51% do not care, which qualifies as "most people do not care."

Does that answer your question?

Kenji on March 17 at 02:01PM

I don't understand why the negated version of "most people case could" be "most people don't care." Why isn't it just less than 50% of the people?