All I could find was this.

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  1. hirashin

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    Dear native English speakers,
    do you use these sentences?
    (a1) All I could find is/was this.
    (a2) All I found is/was this.
    (b1) This is/was all I could find.
    (b2) This is/was all I found.
    (c1) I could just find this.
    (c2) I could only find this.
    (d1) I could find nothing but this.
    (d2) I could find nothing except this.
    (e1) I couldn't find anything but this.
    (e2) I couldn't find anything except this.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hirashin
     
  2. hirashin

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    Would all of them sound odd?
     
  3. johnnyG

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    The (a) and (b) sets are fine.

    Tho I wouldn't call it wrong, I'd use/choose (c2) before (c1).

    And again, tho the (d) set is not wrong, I'd use/choose the (e) set as the more natural way of saying that.
     
  4. hirashin

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    Thanks for the help, johnnyG.
     

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