I think I dance with nobody and I dance without anybody have the same meaning but are used slightly differently. Is it true?

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    Neither I dance with nobody nor I dance without anybody sound remotely idiomatic to me. Possible alternatives include I don't dance with anybody (which might imply that I never dance, no matter who asks me to dance with them) and I dance alone (which always implies that I do dance / am dancing, without a dancing partner). Mar 10 '21 at 12:33

If you dance with nobody, the implication is that (a bit like Darcy at the ball) you see nobody who you regard as good enough for you.

I dance without anybody implies that you dance by yourself.

So, yes, they don't mean the same thing.

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    Could you give a reference for "Darcy at the ball" please. Learners of English are unlikely to be familiar with 19th century English literature. Thanks. Mar 10 '21 at 10:42
  • I know Darcy he in Pride and Prejudice
    – user131090
    Mar 10 '21 at 10:44
  • @하아아아앙 Indeed he is, a man who had to eat the biggest slice of humble pie in history in order to win over his girl, and didn't regret a crumb of it. Mar 10 '21 at 19:32

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