Why such structure of sentence is so popular in English? Do you express your polite to "them" in this way?

They don't know many people in this city.

In fact, "They know only some people in this city." is the same, isn't it?

  • It is not exactly the same because 'not many people' implies that they know very few, but knowing 'some people' could mean knowing thousands in a city of millions. – Joe Kerr Jan 18 at 20:48
  • About "some" I understand. – Sergey Jan 18 at 21:03
  • You can change my second sentence into "They know only few people in this city." My main question is at the top. – Sergey Jan 18 at 21:08

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