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    masterthief1324 is offline Newbie
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    Default Is 'all' singular or plural when used as a pronoun?

    "All" can be used as a pronoun

    E.g.,
    Delegates are elected thrice. All are elected once.
    Children are welcomed. All are welcomed.

    But there are exceptions I do not understand.
    E.g.,

    Everyone abandoned ship. All is lost.
    All is calm.

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    sarat_106 is offline Key Member
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    Exclamation Re: Is 'all' singular or plural when used as a pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by masterthief1324 View Post
    "All" can be used as a pronoun

    E.g.,
    Delegates are elected thrice. All are elected once.
    Children are welcomed. All are welcomed.

    But there are exceptions I do not understand.
    E.g.,

    Everyone abandoned ship. All is lost.
    All is calm.
    I think it should be treated like demonstrative pronoun. If it refers to a singular noun it is singular and plural if refers to a plural noun. as:
    Have you tested these dishes? Yes, all are good.
    Have you tested all the items(=every item) in this dishes? Yes, all(every item/thing) is good

    Here: Everyone(every person) abandoned ship.
    All(everything) is lost.
    All(everything) is calm
    Last edited by sarat_106; 12-Jan-2010 at 07:20.

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    Default Re: Is 'all' singular or plural when used as a pronoun?

    Everyone abandoned ship. All is lost.
    All is calm.
    In my opinion, 'all' here should be a collective noun, so we can treat it as a whole.

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