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    at all

    Hi there,

    What does it mean by 'at all' in the following sentence?

    You are given one at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    What does it mean by 'at all' in the following sentence?

    You are given one at all.

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    At all means; in any way. You can put this phrase at the beginning of the sentence to get its meaning more clearly.

    At all you are given one, that should make you happy.

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    Re: at all

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    At all means; in any way. You can put this phrase at the beginning of the sentence to get its meaning more clearly.

    At all you are given one, that should make you happy.
    You are correct as far as the meaning is concerned: 'at all' means (depending on context) 'in any way' or 'to any degree'.

    The sentence that you cite is, however, not possible. 'At all' cannot be placed at the head of a sentence, except as part of a larger (and, semantically, quite unrelated) phrase such as 'At all costs,...'.

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    Re: at all

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    What does it mean by 'at all' in the following sentence?

    You are given one at all.

    tks
    pete
    That sentence doesn't make sense to me. Where did you find it?

    The meaning that sarat has given would normally use "at most", as in:
    You can have one, at most.
    At most, you can have one.

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    Exclamation Re: at all

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That sentence doesn't make sense to me. Where did you find it?

    The meaning that sarat has given would normally use "at most", as in:
    You can have one, at most.
    At most, you can have one.
    Does the phrase work in this sentence. Are you given one at all to try your luck?

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    Re: at all

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Does the phrase work in this sentence. Are you given one at all to try your luck?
    No, I don't know what you are trying to say. Here are some possibilities:

    Are you giving your all to try your luck?

    "your all" means "everything you've got", but generally in a sense of effort:
    You lost the race. You didn't give it your all.

    A: Are giving anything at all to the charity?
    B: Yes but I can only afford $2.

    A: Did he give you a red one?
    B: No
    A: Did he give you a green one?
    B: No, he didn't give me any one at all.

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