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    #1

    all of them are too much for me

    Someone is asked to take care of a number of children and he or she says:

    1-They are all too much for me.

    2-All of them are too much for me.

    I think these sentences means:
    a-Each of them is too much for me.

    But could they mean:
    b-All of them together are too much for me.

    I think conversationally '2' might be used that way, but 'b' is not its literal meaning.

    However:
    3-They are too much for me.

    would work. It could have either meaning.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: all of them are too much for me

    The way I understand it, both 1 and 2 are the same as b. The use of the word "all" implies that the children, as a group, are too much. 3 works as well, although I would interpret it in the same way as 1 and 2. I hope this helps!

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    #3

    Re: all of them are too much for me

    1 is not very likely to have the b) meaning IMO.

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    #4

    Re: all of them are too much for me

    navi, I expect you know that in real life we'd say

    'I can't cope with more than three.'

    'Three's all I can manage.'

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