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each/every/all

Post by navi » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:03 am

1 There is one way to solve each of these problems.
2 There is one way to solve every one of these problems.
3 There is one way to solve all of these problems.

4 Each of these problems can be solved in a single way.
5 Every one of these problems can be solved in a single way.
6 All of these problems can be solved in a single way.

In which case:
a-there is a different way per each different problem (as many ways as there are problems)
and in which case:
b-One single golden way will solve each and every problem (one way only, for instance using calculus or something like that)

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: each/every/all

Post by Phil White » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:00 pm

In theory, sentences 1 and 4 require your reading a) and all the rest require your reading b).

That said, I would very much expect most people to understand all the sentences as your reading b).

The distinction between "each" and "every" has never been well upheld in spoken English.
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