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Most examples I read, 誰にも is always used in negative verbs. Is there a case in which 誰にも is used in positive verbs?

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    誰でもできる is more common than 誰にもできる in positive verbs. – Yuuichi Tam May 16 '16 at 13:13
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    ^ でも「誰にも欠点はある。」「誰にも覚えがあるはず」とかだったら、「誰でも」より「誰にも」のほうがいいように思います。 – Chocolate May 16 '16 at 13:42
  • I feel the both でも and にも in your sentence will do but I think only でも is natural in like 誰でも話せる、誰でも泳げる、誰でも泣ける. – Yuuichi Tam May 16 '16 at 14:14
  • @chocolate 確かにその場合に「誰でも」を使うのは少し違和感があるんですが、私の感覚ですと「誰にでも欠点はある」「誰にでも覚えがあるはず」の方が自然な気がします。 – ironsand May 18 '16 at 3:21
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「[誰]{だれ}にも + Verb in Positive Form」

is indeed in active use even among professional writers as you see below - whether or not one calls it "correct" in a place like this.

So, my answer would have to be: Yes, it can.

That is not to say, however, that Japanese-learners should use it whenever they feel like using it. In fact, I recommend that they not use it until they are fluent and have developed their feelings for the words and phrases..

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Yes, but it's limited to a few things like in the accepted answer above, because of the に. Without the に, it becomes 誰もが:

誰もが知っているような歴史人物 — a historical character everyone knows.

These are literary usages, though. In normal conversational Japanese 誰でも is used.

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No, 誰にも is only used in negative verbs.

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