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I am presented with six questions that I'm required to respond to in writing. Some of the questions are:

  1. What do you believe in?
  2. What learning experiences have had the greatest impact in your life? etc etc.

The only instruction given is that:

All your responses for all questions should not exceed one page.

What does that mean? I am torn between two possibilities:

  1. The answers to each question must not exceed one page (my final submission should be at most six pages).
  2. The answers to all six questions must not exceed one page (my final submission should be at most one page).
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    To me, it’s one page for all questions. But perhaps they meant the first.
    – Xanne
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 10:34
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    Ask the question setter for clarity. Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 10:57
  • @Xanne Exactly my thoughts. Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 10:59
  • @WeatherVane I would have to wait until Monday. Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 10:59
  • Then write two versions, if that is the deadline too. Start with the fuller page-per-answer and condense the most important points from each. Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 11:00

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All: pronoun, singular or plural in construction

the whole number, quantity, or amount : TOTALITY; "all that I have"; "all of us"; "all of the books".

Merriam Webster

The all in "all questions" stands for the totality of the questions.

The all in "all your responses" stands for the totality of your responses.

At the most basic level, omitting the qualifying phrase "for all questions", the instructions say: "All your responses should not exceed one page." This means that the totality of your responses should not exceed one page.

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  • Thank you for your answer. Indeed, you have provided verifiable evidence. Who am I to argue with that? Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 12:26
  • A kind remark, thank you. But you must please respect your own right to argue with any of us here. We are not infallible, we are not authorities, and we make mistakes. Nevertheless, we try to help.
    – Anton
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 13:56
  • Sure. Duly noted. Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 17:37

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