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.


Gratefully,
Navi

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navi posted:

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.

Hello, Navi,

All are correct, but I think that (3) is the best, given what I imagine the intended meaning to be. (1) would work if the speaker wanted to say that all those people should have gathered round the banana peel and picked it up together.

Sentence (2) would work if the speaker wanted to say that each of the people should have picked up that banana peel. For this to have worked, each of them would have had to set that banana peel back down again for the next guy.

Sentence (3) seems to be the one with the most likely meaning. The speaker means to say that it was not his responsibility to pick up the littered banana peel. Everybody walking down the street has the responsibility to pick up such litter.

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