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    All vs. Every

    Hello,

    When can we use All and when to use Every? Quite confused.

    Thanks,
    Peter

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    It is often a difference in form more than in meaning. For example, all of us means the same thing as every one of us.

    All can be a noun all by itself, whereas every cannot. Examples:
    • All is well.
      All are here.
      All have arrived.
      All are tucked in their beds.

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    Thanks RonBee,

    So this means "All students should follow university rules." is the same as "Every student should follow university rules." Same in meaning and writer's intention, right?

    Peter

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    It is often a difference in form more than in meaning. For example, all of us means the same thing as every one of us.

    All can be a noun all by itself, whereas every cannot. Examples:
    • All is well.
      All are here.
      All have arrived.
      All are tucked in their beds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercal
    Thanks RonBee,

    So this means "All students should follow university rules." is the same as "Every student should follow university rules." Same in meaning and writer's intention, right?
    Yes. Exactly. :D

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    There are cases when 'all' is inappropriate- 'every day', etc.

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    All the time and every day are practically synonymous. You can almost always use all every place you would use every.

    :)

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    Thank You

    Thank you RonBee and Tdol for the advices and warm welcome. I'm glad to have found this friendly and helpful forum.

    All the best. :D

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    You're welcome. I wouild rcomend using 'advice' as an uncountable noun, without a plural, though.

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    Thanks Again

    Thanks again.


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You're welcome. I wouild rcomend using 'advice' as an uncountable noun, without a plural, though.

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    I'd also spell it 'recommend', but my typing is dreadful.

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