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  1. Fazzu's Avatar
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    #1

    What's the difference?

    "we all were assembled in the hall"
    and
    "we were all assembled in the hall"


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    #2

    Re: What's the difference?

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    I see no difference, Fazzu. They both mean 'all of us were assembled'.
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    #3

    Re: What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    "we all were assembled in the hall"
    and
    "we were all assembled in the hall"
    I'd prefer the second one.

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    #4

    Re: What's the difference?

    Why?

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    #5

    Re: What's the difference?

    It just sounds more natural to me.

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    Re: What's the difference?

    Right. "sounds".

    It depends on stress and timing:

    We were all wrong. <totally wrong>
    We were all wrong. <all of us>
    We all were wrong. <all of us>

    We were all assembled. <completely assembled>
    We were all assembled. <all of us>
    We all were assembled. <all of us>

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    #7

    Re: What's the difference?

    What about 'We were all assembled in the hall'? That's how I read it.

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    Re: What's the difference?

    There's no right or wrong answer, queenbu. Either all functions as a pronoun (meaning, collectively) and refers to the subject (e.g., We all; We were all) or all functions as an adverb (meaning, completely) and modifies the participle (e.g., all assembled).

    What's your interpretation of all in We are all assembled in the hall? What does it modify to you? There's no right or wrong answer here. (See Mister Micawber's post: post #2 above)

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    #9

    Re: What's the difference?

    I had interpreted it as modifying the subject.

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    #10

    Re: What's the difference?

    Queenbu has asked all the questions I had to ask.Thanks guys.

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