Does this sentence make sense?

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learnerteacher

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Hello, everyone.

'It is a shared item by all.'

Does this sentence make sense?
If not, I'd like to know why. Please explain the grammar.

Thank you in advance!
 
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englishgeek

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It makes sense. Possibly grammatically correct, but not well written.

The "by all" is essentially redundant, since when you say the item is shared, then it would imply that it can be used by everyone.

You could add emphasis to say anyone/everyone can use it by saying:

It is a shared item for everyone.

Can you explain the context further? Is this something you read or trying to write?
 
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learnerteacher

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Thank you for your reply.

It's a school exam and and you need to fill in the blank with contextually and grammatically appropriate expression after reading a passage.
Here's a part of the reading passage.

"... People living in this building share the item(toilet paper). So Please do not remove. ...."

Q. It(=toilet paper) is _____________ by all.

I think 'shared' is grammatically correct. How about 'a shared item'?
Is it a grammatically correct answer in a school exam?
 

englishgeek

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Your question makes more sense now.

I would guess that the answer they are looking for is "shared".

Some exams will tell you how many words to write in the space.

It is a shared item by all. This sentence sounds strange to me.
 

learnerteacher

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Your question makes more sense now.

I would guess that the answer they are looking for is "shared".

Some exams will tell you how many words to write in the space.

It is a shared item by all. This sentence sounds strange to me.
Thank you for your help!
Let me ask you one more question.
I also think the sentence is not correct and it sounds strange to me. (I'm not a native speaker of English but I teach English.)
However, some people around me insists that native speakers of English say like that and it is grammatically correct.
Is there any possibility that any native speaker of English consider the sentence in this context grammatically correct?
 

englishgeek

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Well, I would ask the people around you where or when they heard this.

Toilet paper is probably not the best example.

Think of things that we might share, like cake or pizza.

I bought this cake to share with the students.

I can't think how you would use a passive voice in this case.