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Offline navi

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all/each/every one
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:50:59 am »
Which is correct:

1) All of the people who walked down that street before me should have picked up that banana peel.

2) Each of the people who walked down that street before me should have picked up that banana peel.

3) Every one of the people who walked down that street before me should have picked up that banana peel.


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Re: all/each/every one
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 10:34:50 am »
#1 is better than the others, but the problem could be avoided by just using 'everyone' instead of 'All/each/Every one of the people'.

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Re: all/each/every one
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 03:19:25 pm »
I agree with Darryl. But the logic is a little flawed. It would not be possible for everyone to have picked it up unless they dropped it for the nect person to pick up etc. Perhaps:
Somebody/anybody who had walked down the street before me should/could have picked up that banana peel.
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Re: all/each/every one
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 10:24:59 pm »
Yes, 'anybody' would probably be better, from a logical point of view.
I reckon our southern American friends could negotiate this problem neatly:

Y'all who walked down that road before me should have picked up that banana skin.

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Re: all/each/every one
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 08:15:51 am »
Thank you both very much,

"Anybody" does seem more logical, doesn't it? Is there anything wrong with it?

4) Anybody who walked down that street before me should have picked up that banana peel.

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Re: all/each/every one
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 10:04:43 am »
Somebody - should
Anybody - could
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