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    #1

    They checked every/all table(s) before the guests arrived.

    1. They checked every table before the guests arrived.
    2. They checked all tables before the guests arrived.

    I was wondering if the above sentences have the same meaning.

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    #2

    Re: They checked every/all table(s) before the guests arrived.

    Yes, they do.

    In 2, '...all the tables' would sound more natural.

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    #3

    Re: They checked every/all table(s) before the guests arrived.

    I'm not a teacher nor native English speaker.

    I think there is no real difference between the two sentences.
    The first one does seem to suggest a more thorough check of each table, but I could be wrong.
    Maybe "They checked each table before the guests arrived" would be even stronger?

    Other options: each and every table, all the tables, all of the tables
    Peter
    (I'm not a teacher or a native English speaker. I'm just trying to help...)

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    Re: They checked every/all table(s) before the guests arrived.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes, they do.

    In 2, '...all the tables' would sound more natural.
    Thanks Rover

    I was wondering if 'all the tables' have the same meaning of 'all of the tables' .

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    Re: They checked every/all table(s) before the guests arrived.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterValk View Post
    I'm not a teacher nor native English speaker.

    I think there is no real difference between the two sentences.
    The first one does seem to suggest a more thorough check of each table, but I could be wrong.
    Maybe "They checked each table before the guests arrived" would be even stronger?

    Other options: each and every table, all the tables, all of the tables
    Not a teacher

    I think 'each' and 'every' are interchangeable in the above sentence.

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    Re: They checked every/all table(s) before the guests arrived.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks Rover

    I was wondering if 'all the tables' have the same meaning of 'all of the tables' .
    Yes, same meaning.

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