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1.I can play guitar, but I can't play any of the other instruments present in the world. Guitar is the only instrument that I can play.

2.I can play guitar, but I can't play any other instrument present in the world. Guitar is the only instrument that I can play.

a. If I start to date a girl, I stop keeping in touch with any of the other girls that I know. My girlfriend is the only person that I keep in touch with.

b. If I start to date a girl, I stop keeping in touch with any other girl that I know. My girlfriend is the only person that I keep in touch with.

For me, 1. 2. are familiar but I've seen many people use 2. and 4. I'd like to know which one is preferred.

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I would use the first form if I'm talking about the fact that guitar is the only one in a specific subset of instruments that I can't play, e.g.,

I can play guitar, but I can't play any of the other instruments that rock stars usually use.

I would use the second form if I'm talking about all other instruments:

I can play guitar, but I can't play any other instrument.

  • how about this sentence? I can play guitar, but I can't play any of the other instruments in the room. Guitar is the only instrument that I can play. I think it's only when I'm mentioning a definite or specific instruments that I can use "any of the instruments ~". Am I right? – jihoon Jul 25 '15 at 6:09
  • @jihoon, right, "any of the" makes sense when you're talking about a specific set or group, rather than ALL others in the world. – Chad Jul 27 '15 at 15:07

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