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    #1

    each vs. every vs all

    a. Each of us might get fired tomorrow.
    b. We might each get fired tomorrow.

    c. All of us might get fired tomorrow.
    d. We might all get fired tomorrow.

    e. Every one of us might get fired tomorrow.

    Could any of these sentences mean
    1. Any of us might get fired tomorrow. It is possible that some of us will be fired tomorrow.
    ?

    I see two possible meanings.
    The other one would be
    2. It is possible that all of us will be fired together tomorrow.

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: each vs. every vs all

    C, D, and E are natural and inclusive - every one of you is at risk. A and B are unnatural but would be understood the same way.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: each vs. every vs all

    "Any one of us might/could get fired tomorrow". That includes the possibility of any number of people being fired, from no one to everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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