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    1-I could tell that every one of them was looking for something.

    Could this be sentence used if all of them were looking for the same thing? In other words, could it be used instead of:
    There was something that every one of them was looking for.

    2-I could tell that all of them were looking for something.

    Could this be sentence used if every one of them was looking for a different thing (one was looking for love, one for fame, one for money etc.)

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    Re: something

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-I could tell that every one of them was looking for something.

    Could this be sentence used if all of them were looking for the same thing? In other words, could it be used instead of:
    There was something that every one of them was looking for.

    2-I could tell that all of them were looking for something.

    Could this be sentence used if every one of them was looking for a different thing (one was looking for love, one for fame, one for money etc.)
    No, they both mean essentially the same thing. You can use either sentence for both of your meanings.
    You can also say "I could tell that each of them was looking for something"

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    Thanks Raymott,

    So the three sentences (I am including the one that you added to my two initial ones, ie. the one with 'each') are ambiguous. We can't tell whether they were looking for the same thing or not.

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    Re: something

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thanks Raymott,

    So the three sentences (I am including the one that you added to my two initial ones, ie. the one with 'each') are ambiguous. We can't tell whether they were looking for the same thing or not.
    No you'd have to use either "something different" or "the same thing" at the end of any of those sentences to signal that difference.

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