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a. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets his housemate had, so he moved.
b. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets, so he moved.
c. Tom couldn't stand all the pets, so he moved.

Could these be used if Tom could stand all of the pets individually, but it was the fact that all of them were together that was unbearable for him? He liked each pet individually, but it was the combination that got on his nerves!

Many thanks.

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@azz posted:

a. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets his housemate had, so he moved.
b. Tom couldn't stand all of the pets, so he moved.
c. Tom couldn't stand all the pets, so he moved.

Could these be used if Tom could stand all of the pets individually, but it was the fact that all of them were together that was unbearable for him? He liked each pet individually, but it was the combination that got on his nerves!

Hi, Azz—Yes, the sentences could definitely be used in that case. Compare:

  • Tom couldn't stand all the cars on the street. It seemed there was never anywhere for him to park. He often had to park on neighboring streets. Ultimately, he decided to move to a less crowded part of town.

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