Today I was writing a simple message to be shown to the user whenever at least one field was not supplied.
Every/All fields must be supplied.
I'm in doubt about the usage of Every vs All, which one do you think is the most appropriate here ?
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If you can get it, you should read Zeno Vendler's article "Each and Every, Any and All," (originally published in Vol LXXI, no. 282 of Mind, April 1962; and reprinted in his 1967 book Linguistics in Philosophy).
Vendler goes through this set of English quantifiers and shows their differences and similarities. I don't have my copy handy, so I'll just list a few differences here. These are all universal quantifiers, by the way.
Although they are semantically plural, each and every are grammatically singular, while all is grammatically plural.
Each student has a passing grade.
Every student has a passing grade.
All students have a passing grade.
each and all are subject to Quantifier-float, but every isn't. (Note that Q-float with each requires a plural subject and verb, instead of singular.)
Each student passed the course. ~ The students each passed the course.
All students passed the course. ~ The students all passed the course.
Every student passed the course. ~ *The student(s) every passed the course.
as quantifiers, each, every, and all have quite different determiner constructions.
all men, all the men, all of the men, all of them, all N of them (N > 2)
each man, *each the men, each of the men, each of them, each one of them
every man, *every the man, *every of the man, *every of them, every one of them.
... and, as lagniappe, all, with N = 2, is a quantifier and floats, but doesn't use all. Instead of *all two of them, we say both of them; instead of *The twins all left we say The twins both left.
It's a matter of number agreement. Either of these are acceptable:
Every field must be supplied.
All fields must be supplied.
You could also say each field must be supplied.
I must say that I disagree with field and supplied together. The user is supplying information, not fields. May I suggest:
Each field/All fields must be completed?