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    with his cousins

    1-He went there with his cousins.

    Does this necessarily imply that he went there with all his cousins?

    I don't think it does. As a matter of fact, It seems to me that the sentence could be used even if he had twelve cousins and went there with only two of them.

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    Navi.

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    Re: with his cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-He went there with his cousins.

    Does this necessarily imply that he went there with all his cousins?

    I don't think it does. As a matter of fact, It seems to me that the sentence could be used even if he had twelve cousins and went there with only two of them.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    You're right, it doesn't imply 'all of his cousins,' although it is ambiguous as to whether it includes all of them or just some of them.

    If you want to remove any ambiguity, you could restate it as either:

    "He went there with all of his cousins," or
    "He went there with some (of his) cousins."

    But there is nothing at all wrong with what you've written.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: with his cousins

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-He went there with his cousins.

    Does this necessarily imply that he went there with all his cousins?

    I don't think it does. As a matter of fact, It seems to me that the sentence could be used even if he had twelve cousins and went there with only two of them.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I agree with you Navi. The sentence does not imply all of his cousins.

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