What I would like to express is that the readers of something I wrote are not necessarily a certain group of people, such as musicians. And then I wrote "The readers are not limited to musicians" but now feel unsure of.

Would you please tell me if this sentence conveys exactly what I intend to say?

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Often, in times like this, we need more context to help you write. I'm kind of assuming you might want to be writing this within the essay/article/book, and you're not writing something separate about the work.

Let's pretend I'm writing a book article about music. In it, I do go into some detail on music theory, but my main focus is something else, like music history, music cognition, etc. I want potential readers to know this article is for a wide audience -- not just musicians. This type of comment occurs often in situations like this. Here's two options:

  • This article is intended for a wide audience -- not just musicians.

  • This book delves into the spiritual basis of music theory and what that means to all of us as spiritual human beings. This articles is not just for musicians; anyone who wants to discover a deeper connection with spirituality can benefit from understanding how the development of music theory has evolved in line with the development of spiritual thinking.

  • This book will appeal not just to musicians, but to anyone who has an interest in music.

  • You don't have to be a musician to read this book. While I do cover some basic music theory, it's not necessary to know how to play an instrument or to remember the music terminology. There will not be a quiz!

So it depends on what you are trying to say. I wouldn't apply anyone's specific suggestion without carefully understanding what you're trying to communicate. (This includes my own suggestions! Those sentences weren't crafted to be exemplary.)


The option I may think is..

The readers aren't just musicians (There are other people as well)

But wait for natives to come answer.

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    The original is OK as well. (native AmE speaker) Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 8:31
  • @BrianHitchcock oh..is that so? Thanks! :)
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 8:32

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