All + uncountable/plural countable nouns
Eg. He ate all the food. (uncountable noun) / These students are all my
friends. (plural countable noun)
Pronoun + all
Eg.Craig and I love you all./ We all love holidays. / It all seemed a
bit strange, from start to finish./ They all came to see us. / We love
you all / We love all of our listeners.
All of + object form of pronoun (Compare with Pronoun + all)
Eg. Craig and I love all of you.
We all love holidays / All of us love holidays.
It all semed a bit strange / All of it seemed a bit strange.
They all came to see us. / All of them came to see us.
All = all of + determiner (the, this, those, my, etc.) “All of” is more
common in American Eng.
Eg. Craig’s eaten all (of) the chocolate.
The listeners had heard all (of) my jokes before.
Not all podcasts are popular. (Talking about podcasts in general. No “the”;
Not all (of) the podcasts are popular. (Talking about specific podcasts.
eg. Aprender inglés con Reza y Craig podcasts.)
All’s well with me at the moment.
All that matters is that YOU improve your English. (the only thing that
All (that) I ever wanted was for Berta to love me.
All he wants now is to get a divorce.
‘All’ often goes with ‘that’ – We say Is everything finished? ~ Yes,
everything is finished. (Not XIs all finishedX)
Everything = All + relative clause
eg. Reza gave Berta everything, but she still wasn’t satisfied. = Reza
gave Berta all (that) he had, but she still wasn’t satisfied.
The bad businessman lost everything. = The bad businessman lost all (that)
EVERYTHING is usually used as a pronoun:
Everything is OK. / I did some work, but I didn’t finish everything.
Everything substitutes ‘other things’, for example, “I had to reply to
emails, make some images, record a podcast, phone my co-worker, post on
Facebook…….but I didn’t have enough time and I didn’t do everything.
All = Everything/Everybody – dramatic/ poetic/ old-fashioned English
eg. I saw you with your new boyfriend last night. Tell me all/everything!
Newspaper headline: “Ship sinks. All are dead. No survivors.”
All = nothing more/the only thing(s)
eg. All (that) I ever wanted was for Berta to love me.
All we did was a friendly kiss on the cheek – nothing more. I promise!
FIX – a problem/something broken/a time
(mend, repair) – arreglar, reparar: “I took my broken watch to the
watchmaker to have it fixed.”
“This company is losing money and we’d better fix it soon before it’s
“I need to fix our ceiling fan.”
Fix (attach) ‘I’ll fix this piece of paper to the wall.”
Fix a price – ‘We’ve fixed the price of our
Certificate course download at 17 euros.’
Fix a time: “We have to fix a time tomorrow for our meeting.”
Fix food (make/prepare food) “Can I fix you a sandwich?” / “Say, can I
fix you a drink.”
“Fix your eyes on this.”
“The game/election/boxing match was fixed.” (fix=arreglar)
MANAGE = direct/be able to
(organize) – dirigir, manejar, gestionar: “Henry manages a small family
“In the UK, my sister managed a small team of 4 office clerks.”
manage (control): “How do public school teachers manage a class of 30 or
manage (get by, survive) – arreglarse: “I don’t know how single parents
can manage if they’re both looking after children.”
manage (succeed) – conseguir, lograr: “Can you manage to get there by
one o’clock?” / “It’s difficult to release a podcast episode every
single week, but we manage.”
FIGURE OUT – a puzzle/a solution
figured out (solve) – resolver, solucionar: “Today’s crossword is too
hard to figure out.” / “It’s difficult for me to figure out maths
problems.” (‘work out’ is more British English)
“They lost their home to the bank and had to figure out what to do next.”
figure out (understand) – comprender – ‘I finally figured out why my
ceiling fan wouldn’t stop.’
‘I couldn’t figure it out’ / I couldn’t work it out’
MAKE IT = attend/come/arrive/get to the end/survive
make it (succeed): llegar a lo más alto, triunfar: “When you win an
award for your podcast, you know you’ve finally made it!”
make it (make sure that it is) – asegurar que: “Bring me a cup of tea
and make it snappy!” – ‘Make it quick.’
Make it (arrive on time): “I’m having a party at my house tomorrow. I
hope you can make it?” / “I thought I was going to miss the beginning of
the film, but I made it.”
“We got lost on our way to Peter’s house. We made it as far as the park.”
“Listen to me, your Captain, men! This is going to be a hard battle. Not
all of you will make it.” (survive)
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