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    #1

    every/each/all

    1) I want to know how much you paid each of them.
    2) I want to know how much you paid every one of them.
    3) I want to know how much you paid all of them.

    In which cases:
    a) we want to see how much each individual was paid
    and in which cases:
    b) we want to see how much they were paid in total.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: every/each/all

    You should use enough words in a sentence to make the intended meaning clear. If it looks potentially ambiguous, add words until it no longer does so.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: every/each/all

    I don't think 1) means b). There is possible ambiguity for me in 2) and 3).

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