All and whole
- He lived all his life in Africa. OR He lived all of his life in Africa. (Word order: all (of) + determiner + noun)
- He lived his whole life in Africa. (Word order: determiner + whole + noun)
- I spent the whole day in bed.
- I spent all (of) the day in bed.
Differences between all and whole
We do not normally use all before indefinite articles (a/an).
- You have eaten a whole loaf. (NOT You have eaten all a loaf.)
- I learned a whole lesson in ten minutes. (NOT I learned all a lesson in two minutes.)
- She wrote a whole novel in two weeks.
We do not usually use whole with uncountable nouns.
- The cat has drunk all the milk. (More natural than The cat has drunk the whole milk.)
Whole and whole of
- The whole of Paris was talking about her affairs. (NOT Whole Paris was talking about her affairs.)
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Acronyms and initialisms New!
Above and over
Accept and agree
Adverbs with two forms
Affect and effect
All and every
Already, just and yet
All and whole
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a large amount of, a great deal of
Already and all ready New!
Alternate and alternative
Although and though
Amount and Number: differences New!
Anyhow and somehow
Articles - Rules for the use and omission of articles
Article A / an
As, because, since and for
As if and as though
As and though
Ask and ask for
As well as
As well as grammar
As well as grammar exercise
As, when and while
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