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    all didn't/didn't all?

    Hello, teachers:
    May I say:
    1.They didn't all pass the test yesterday.
    or
    2.They all didn't pass the test yesterday.

    Is it natural?
    I remember one of the rules says the position of the term "all" or "both" is behind auxiliary verb , but I am not sure if the sentences are right .
    Could you verify it?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Smile Re: all didn't/didn't all?

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    May I say:
    1.They didn't all pass the test yesterday.
    or
    2.They all didn't pass the test yesterday. could be used as emphasis, I guess

    Is it natural?
    I remember one of the rules says the position of the term "all" or "both" is behind auxiliary verb , but I am not sure if the sentences are right .
    Could you verify it?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: all didn't/didn't all?

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello, teachers:
    May I say:
    1.They didn't all pass the test yesterday.
    or
    2.They all didn't pass the test yesterday.

    Is it natural?
    I remember one of the rules says the position of the term "all" or "both" is behind auxiliary verb , but I am not sure if the sentences are right .
    Could you verify it?
    Thanks a lot!
    What meaning(s) do you want to express?

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    Re: all didn't/didn't all?

    Thanks for your check.
    I am reviewing the rule of the term "all" , so I made the sentences.
    Still, I am not very sure what I remembered is right or not.
    I want to say:
    None of them past the test yesterday.

    They didn't all pass the test yesterday.
    Are they interchangable?
    May I have your verification?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: all didn't/didn't all?

    Quote Originally Posted by wuken View Post
    hello, teachers:
    May i say:

    1.they didn't all pass the test yesterday. this sentence means that 'not all of them passed the test yesterday.' (that is, some of them failed the test.)
    or
    2.they all didn't pass the test yesterday. this sentence suggests that they all failed, but a much clearer way to say that is "none of them passed the test yesterday."

    the two sentences in your last post are not interchangeable!

    is it natural?
    I remember one of the rules says the position of the term "all" or "both" is behind auxiliary verb , but i am not sure if the sentences are right .
    Could you verify it?
    Thanks a lot!
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