Would you be so kind to help explain the difference between:

no play ever gets the same reaction from any two audiences.


no play ever gets the same reaction from any audience.

I could understand the difference if they are used in other contexts, say, "I don't like any animal" and "I don't like any two animals."; or, "every animal is cute." and "every two animals are cute."

However, in the comparison at the beginning, I feel two sentences mean the same. Would you please explain whether they are different, or they are the same?

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No play ever gets the same reaction from any two audiences. is a way of saying that every audience reacts differently.

...the same reaction from any audience prompts the question "The same as what?". Same requires two things to be compared.

With respect, your sentences I don't like any two animals and every two animals are cute do not make sense. Why would you dislike two random animals?

  • Thank you for the comment, Kate Bunting! Replying to your first question, I took "any audience" as the objects being compared. Thus, I read the second example sentence as a comparison between each audience; the second sentence becomes "a play always gets a different reaction from an audience to another audience." Is my reading correct?
    – Lenny
    Apr 11, 2021 at 0:35
  • The second sentence would be more naturally expressed as "No play gets the same reaction from every audience". Apr 11, 2021 at 8:09

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