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    "it all by myself"

    Hello, I know that I have to consider "context" to understand sentences exactly and I have brought a sentence which I want to think about with you.

    "I cooked it all by myself"


    I think that I can understand it in two ways, considering different situations.

    1. it=all, so I cooked every meal alone.

    2. all=completely, so I cooked meals or a meal just alone , trying to emphasize "not be helped by anyone".


    Am I right? Or could you tell me your opinions about it. Thanks in advance all the time.

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    Re: "it all by myself"

    Hello, I know that I have to consider "context" to understand sentences exactly and I have brought a sentence which I want to think about with you.

    "I cooked it all by myself"
    I think that I can understand it in two ways, considering different situations.
    1. it=all, so I cooked every meal alone.
    2. all=completely, so I cooked meals or a meal just alone , trying to emphasize "not be helped by anyone".


    The sentence, as you have written it, means: "I cooked it with no help from anybody else". The "all" acts to emphasize "by myself". Compare with: "I live in this house all by myself". "I learned about art history all by myself".

    To convey the other meaning I think you are suggesting, you require an apostrophe. "I cooked it all, by myself".
    This means: "I cooked all of the food and I did it alone".

    not a teacher

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