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    Default all, everything

    After I read through all the old threads in this forum. I summerised some guideline as follows. Please correct me if I have misunderstood the usage.
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    1. All are in order (not correct)
    2. All is in order (correct)

    because all means everything here, so we say, all is in order.

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    a. Have you tested these dishes? Yes, all are good.
    b. Have you tested all items? Yes, all is good.

    because all means everything and every items here, so we say, Yes, all is good.

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

    all refer to everything here, so we say all is calm and all is lost.

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    Everything and every

    we always use is after everything and every.

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    Default Re: all, everything

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    After I read through all the old threads in this forum. I summarised some guidelines as follows. Please correct me if I have misunderstood the usage.
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    1. All are in order (not correct) Actually, you could use this. For example, if someone asked you "Are they all in order?" or "Are all of them in order?", you might reply "Yes, all are in order" - you have simply omitted "of them" after "all".
    2. All is in order (correct)
    Correct if you simply mean that everything is in order.

    because all means everything here, so we say, all is in order.

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    a. Have you tested these dishes? Yes, all are good. Yes, but you are more likely to hear "Yes, all of them are good".
    b. Have you tested all
    the items? Yes, all is good. This is unnatural. The more likely answer to that specific question is "Yes, they are all OK".

    because all means everything and every items here, so we say, Yes, all is good. In case the strikethrough isn't clear, you should have written "every item" not "every items".

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

    all refers to everything here, so we say all is calm and all is lost.

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    Everything and every

    We always use is after everything and every. I hate to use the word "always" when referring to English but at this moment in time, I cannot think of a context where that is not the case.

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