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navi
Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:17:54 AM
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1) He brought a gift for all of us.
2) He brought a gift for every one of us.
3) He brought a gift for each of us.

In which case:
a) He brought one gift
and he which case
b) He brought one gift per person

Gratefully,
Navi
Clyde of Oz
Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:36:42 AM

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In 1) there is a single gift to be shared.

In 2) the meaning is unclear; we would usually say He brought gifts for every one of us.

In 3) there is clearly a gift for each person.
navi
Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:10:10 AM
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Thank you very much, Clyde of Oz,

How about:

4) He brought us all a gift.

Is that one ambiguous or not?

It is like '1', but sounds ambiguous to me. I might be totally wrong obviously. If I was sure it was ambiguous, I wouldn't be asking!

Gratefully,
Navi

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