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    using 'all'

    do you say all services were down or all service was down?


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    Re: using 'all'

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    do you say all services were down or all service was down?
    All implies that there is more than one; therefore you would say all services were down.

    The singular (was) version would be the/a service was down.

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    Re: using 'all'

    Either is correct - the meaning depends on the nature of 'service' versus 'services'.

    'all' is used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing:
    He slept all day.
    I carry all of the blame

    After a hurricane, telephone, electricity, transport : all services are disrupted.

    A train service can be disrupted by a strike, in which a partial service may still be possible, OR all service is cancelled.

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