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    doubt all / everything

    Once I said: hope everything is well with you. And I was told to say hope all is well with you. But I canīt see the difference as a non native english speaker.

    What does the speaker imply by saying Hope all is well with you.

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    Re: doubt all / everything

    I think the person who told you that was just saying that 'all is well with you' is a stronger collocation than 'everything is well with you'; but 'everything ... ' is not wrong, and 'all is well with you' has no special implication.

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    Re: doubt all / everything

    how so it has a stronger collocation?

    thanks!

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    Re: doubt all / everything

    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    how so it has a stronger collocation?

    thanks!
    Well, Google isn't a perfect corpus, but these results suggest a fairly clear preference:

    Results 1 - 10 of about 1,290,000 for "All is well with"
    Results 1 - 10 of about 83,000 for "Everything is well with".

    I tried a search of the BNC, which found 14 occurrences of "All is well with" and none of "Everything is well with".

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