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All refers to three or more items. It is used mostly before plural and uncountable nouns.

When all is followed by a plural noun, the verb is normally plural. After an uncountable noun, we use a singular verb.

All + noun is not normally used as the subject of a negative verb. We more often use the structure not all + noun + affirmative verb.

All and All of

Before a noun with no determiner (possessives, articles and demonstratives) we use all.

Before a noun with a determiner (the, my, this etc.), all and all of are both possible.

Before a personal pronoun (us, them etc.) we use all of + object form.

All with nouns and pronouns

All can modify nouns and pronouns. We normally place it before the noun/pronoun.

We can put all after pronouns used as objects.

Note that all cannot be put after pronouns used as subject complements.

All with verbs

When all refers to the subject of a clause, it can go with the verb.

When the verb consists of just one word, and that word is not a form of be (is, am, are, was, were), all is placed before the verb.

When the verb is a form of be, all is placed after it.

When there are two auxiliary verbs, all goes after the first.

Note that these meanings can also be expressed by using all (of) + noun/pronoun.

All of All of - Grammar Exercise

Complete the following sentences using all or all of.

1. Your boy has eaten ----------------------- the cake. (all / all of)

2. ----------------------- children need love and attention. (All / All of)

3. She has invited ----------------------- (us all / all of us).

4. ------------------------ my friends are active on social media. (All / All of)

5. ------------------------- that I have is yours. (All / All of)

6. ------------------------ that I want is a place to lie down. (All / All of)

7. ------------------------ us are going to the party. (All / All of)

8. The cat has drunk ---------------------- the milk. (all / all of)

9. -------------------------- my family live in Canada. (All / All of)

Answers

1. Your boy has eaten all / all of the cake.

2. All children need love and attention.

3. She has invited us all / all of us.

4. All / all of my friends are active on social media.

5. All that I have is yours.

6. All that I want is a place to lie down.

7. All of us are going to the party.

8. The cat has drunk all / all of the milk.

9. All / all of my family live in Canada.

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