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  1. Key Member
    Academic
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    #1

    all/each/every one

    1) That might happen to all of us.
    2) That might happen to each of us.
    3) That might happen to every one of us.

    Do these mean
    a) That (whatever that is) might happen to all of us together.
    or
    b) That might happen to any of us

    I suppose '1' means 'a' and '2' and '3' mean 'b', but I am not too sure about '3'.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: all/each/every one

    The problem with combing "all/each/every" with anything that denotes possibility "might/could/may" is that it often results in ambiguity.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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