Author Topic: all the members' cars  (Read 5879 times)

Offline azz

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all the members' cars
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:50:28 am »
a. All the members' cars were towed.
b. Every member's car was towed.
c. Each member's car was towed.

In which case:

1. Every member had at least one car
2. It is possible that there were some members who did not have cars
3. It is possible that there was joint ownership in certain cases (husband and wife sharing a car, for instance)

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Re: all the members' cars
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2015, 09:47:53 am »
I don't think you can give any of the sentences your deeper meaning.

c is not natural. a and b mean that all the cars that belonged to members (not cars that did not belong to members) were towed away.

There is nothing that implies that some members had cars and some did not; not does anything imply that some members had more than one car.
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