ALL vs WHOLE
are used to describe the complete amount or number of something. Although they have very similar meaning; they are used in different ways.
The word order is different:
All + the + noun
The + whole + noun
I have read the whole book.
I have read all (of) the book.See other lessons
We don’t use whole with uncountable nouns. It is mostly used with singular countable nouns.
Anderson spilled all the water on his laptop. (not … the whole water)
The whole town burnt down in a big fire in 1886.
They both can be used with plural countable nouns, but with different meanings.
All of the students failed in the exam. (every student)
I need to finish three whole books by the end of the week. (entire books)
Whole can be used after a possessive adjective, however, all must be used before a possessive adjective.
My whole life / all my life
My whole day / all my day
All has a meaning similar to every, but it is used with a plural noun.
Every student deserves a talented teacher.
All students deserve a talented teacher.
Quick ExerciseChoose All or Whole
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