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    #1

    I'll tell you all / everything

    Hi there!

    I'm exchanging text messages with a relative who is in a family gathering. At a certain point she's got to go and send the following message: 'I'll tell you all later'.

    I understood what she meant, but 'all' sounds inappropriate, while 'everything' would sound more natural. I just don't know why. Will you please tell me?

    Cheers,
    Tito

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    Re: I'll tell you all / everything

    I think it sounds more natural to you because that sentence is more common with 'everything'. But 'all' is fine, and probably more appropriate to texting than 'everything'. But "I'll tell you all" is a bit dated, and has an air of mystery and intrigue about it.

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    #3

    Re: I'll tell you all / everything

    'I'll tell you all later' could mean 'I'll tell all of you later'.

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