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    Do anything in ones power

    Hello,

    What should one use in the sentence below; all, anything or everything?

    I will do all in my power to pass the exam.
    I will do anything in my power to pass the exam.
    I will do everything in my power to pass the exam.

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    Re: Do anything in ones power

    'Everything' is the most natural; 'all' sounds most unnatural to me.

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    Re: Do anything in ones power

    Either the second or third work for me, with slight differences in meaning. The first suggests you are willing to try anything, even if it's unethical,immoral,wrong, etc.- no holds barred, with the hope that one single severe act will do the trick. The second one suggests you're going to try everything you know - i.e. use multiple approaches.

    I agree with Piscean, 'all' doesn't sound at all natural.
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    Re: Do anything in ones power

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'all' sounds most unnatural to me.
    It could work in a formal speech for me, though.

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