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    All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    A friend of mine made such sentences:

    Coming together is a beginning, working together is a process and staying together is a success. If every one can do all these, our school can become an outstanding institution.

    My doubt is, can the underlined words be 'all this'? In my opinion, the first sentence is a group of actions.

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    Coming together is a beginning, working together is a process and staying together is a success. If every one can make all of these work, our school can become an outstanding institution.

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    'All these' is fine; 'all this' appears possible.

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    Why is 'all this' possible?

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    Quote Originally Posted by yeecharles View Post
    Why is 'all this' possible?
    You suggested the answer yourself - the three actions are viewed as one group of actions.

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You suggested the answer yourself - the three actions are viewed as one group of actions.
    Thanks.

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    Quote Originally Posted by yeecharles View Post
    Why is 'all this' possible?
    You've answered your own question in your first post: "the first sentence is a group of actions." It's one group of actions. If everyone can accomplish this group of actions, the school will be outstanding (and probably a little boring).

    PS: 5jj and I crossed in posting.

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    I agree that "all this" is possible for the same reasons.

    Here's another example:

    - While I'm at work, please do the washing up, hoover and clean the oven?
    - I'll try!
    - If you can do all that, I'll buy you a huge bar of chocolate!

    Although the person is being asked to do three separate things, they can be viewed as one list of things to do. Consequently, I would happily use "that" which is singular, as is "this". I would be unlikely to say "If you can do all those, I'll buy you chocolate".

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    Re: All This or All These(Pls clear my doubt)

    Thanks, every one, for your enlightening explanations.

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