Does the second sentence mean the same as the first one?

They are doing all possible to further the passage of the Senate.

They are doing the best to facilitate the passage of the Senate.

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    The expression is doing their best. – Kate Bunting Dec 13 '19 at 16:52
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    What @Kate said. And the other (semantically identical) expression is doing everything possible, not all. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 13 '19 at 18:24
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica but why "all" doesn't work? – Boyep Dec 13 '19 at 20:36
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    There is nothing syntactically wrong with doing all possible as opposed to doing everything possible. However, it's simply not said and sounds odd. It's just a quirk of the language that we use. There is no rational explanation for why all is odd, aside from the fact that it's not normally used. – Jason Bassford Dec 23 '19 at 14:58
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    That aside, the two do not mean the same thing. Among all possible could be mediocre or poor things—but the best (or more idiomatically their best) would exclude those things. – Jason Bassford Dec 23 '19 at 14:59

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