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ALL vs WHOLE


ALL and 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.

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1. 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.


2. 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)


3. 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


4. 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 Exercise


Choose All or Whole.

1. my week

2. the morning

3. my money

4. my relatives

5. the time

6. children need care

7. I need is a hug

8. The was boring.

9. the orange juice

10. my luggage

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