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    #1

    they all don't

    1) They all don't do that.
    2) All of them don't do that.

    Do these mean:
    a) None of them does that.
    or:
    b) Not all of them do that.

    I think '1' and '2' are both ambiguous, but their style isn't really good, although they are not incorrect.
    I think:
    3) They don't all do that.
    means 'b'.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: they all don't

    "They don't all do that" is fine, but I despise the other two.

    Instead, say:

    None of them do that.

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    #3

    Re: they all don't

    You could also say:

    Not all of them do that.

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