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All or Whole ....
'ALL'/ 'WHOLE' : Here again, are two very simple words that beginners (and others ) have a few difficulties to handle. A choice must be made between these words, and some of you find it difficult to make it. I'll help you find your way ...
THE ALL BLACKS
1) ALL :
- 'All ' isn't followed by 'of' when it is placed just in front of a noun :
ex : All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy !
ex : All play and no work makes Jack a silly boy !
- In front of the noun : 'Day' :
ex : He's so tired that he's dreaming of staying in bed all day ( long ).
- 'All' is followed by 'of' in front of a determiner or a complement personal pronoun . (In front of a determiner, 'of' isn't compulsory, especially in British English.)
ex : Don't take only 3 sweets ! Take all of them ! = (complement personnel pronoun)
ex : All (of) the pictures I had taken were blurred ... (determiner)
ex : Who's drunk all the milk left in the fridge ?
- All followed by a plural noun.
ex : All the students were here for the first lesson of the year.
ex : If you could read all the books in this library, you'd be very learned.
- All in front of a proper noun or a pronoun => 'the whole' or 'all of '
ex : I've read all of Agatha Christie's novels = I've read the whole of Agatha Christie's novels = I've read all the novels by Agatha Christie.
BEWARE ! everybody + singular ;
ex : Everybody agrees with him.
2) WHOLE = totally, the entire object or idea.
- Used in front of singular countables = total, entire.
ex : My whole body was shaking with fear.
ex : The whole room was a mess.
- Whole is used with collective nouns (family, class, form, school, group, party, police, army ...)
ex : The whole family was gathered to see the newborn baby !
- After 'a' and 'an' , 'WHOLE' is preferred to 'all.'
ex : She ate a whole chocolate cake and was sick all night ...
ex : I spent a whole weekend doing the laundry.
You're now ready for the test ! Go for it !
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