all students must have an ID card


South Korea, Korean
Does the sentence

'all students must have an ID card'

necessarily mean

'all students must each have an ID card'?

Then, can I say

'some students don't have an ID card'.?

Provided that each student cannot have more than one ID card,

would it be weird if I said

'some students don't have ID cards.'?
  • cutiepie1892

    Senior Member
    Northern Ireland English
    This is very confusing... Basically your first sentence could be rewritten as "all students must have an ID card each", meaning that they all have to have one. I hope this clarifies things a little ;)


    Senior Member
    US English, Great Lakes area
    It is a little confusing, as cutiepie said. I'm assuming "all students must have an ID card" in this context is not a probability statement like, "all students probably have ID cards."

    The clearest way to say it would be, "Each student must have an ID card."
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