Question I gave her (all, what, everything) I had.

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  1. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
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    Dear native English speakers,
    which one would be used?
    (a) I gave her all I had.
    (b) I gave her what I had.
    (c) I gave her everything I had.

    Hirashin
     
  2. Half-n-Half

    Half-n-Half 先輩

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    Any of those could be used.

    However, (b) does not necessarily mean you gave her everything, just what you had at that moment. It could mean "everything", if it is understood by previous context that "what I had" = "everything I had".
     
  3. Buntaro

    Buntaro 運動不足

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    Hirashin, I agree with Half-n-Half. (a) and (c) have the same meaning. (b) has a different meaning.
     
  4. HanSolo

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    I disagree; all are the same fundamental meaning. You give what you have: you're left with nothing.

    It's just the emphasis that's changing: emphasis on the fact you were left with nothing, and she got everything.

    In order of that emphasis:
    (b) normal
    (a) strong
    (c) strongest
     
  5. joadbres

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    I agree with the first two replies.
     
  6. HanSolo

    HanSolo 後輩

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    Well reality's objective, not subjective,
     
  7. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
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    Thank you all for your help. Half-n-half san, I haven't seen you for ages in this forum. Ohisashiburidesu. Do you live in Sendai, Japan?
     

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