a. Some of them who were fast managed to get out in time.

b. Some of them, who were fast, managed to get out in time.

 

c. Some of the people who were fast managed to get out in time.

d. Some of the people, who were fast, managed to get out in time.

 

Is there any sentence which is saying or implying that all those who were fast got out in time?

Is there any sentence that leaves that possibility open?

 

Many thanks

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Hi, Azz and Gustavo,

I agree with Gustavo that his example (e) says that all those who were fast got out in time. Regarding your four specimens, Azz, although none of them says that all those who were fast got out in time, (b) and (d) imply that idea -- cf.:

b'. Some of them, namely those who were fast, managed to get out in time.

d'. Some of the people, namely those who were fast, managed to get out in time.

As for (a) and (c), they do not say or imply that all those who were fast got out in time. They express that a subset of the fast ones got out in time: "Of the people who were fast, some got out in time."

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