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    Default "the" omitted - correct, but...

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    - He woke all night. *I know this sentence is correct, but why "the" before "night" is omitted?

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    Default Re: "the" omitted - correct, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    Hi,

    - He woke all night. *I know this sentence is correct, but why "the" before "night" is omitted?

    Thanks,
    Joe
    Hi Joe,
    It's not correct, but not because of the "the."

    I slept all day. I slept all night. I worked all afternoon. I did my taxes all morning. When we use "all" with a part of the day, we don't use "the."

    The problem is that "to wake" is an action that happens in an instant. You don't "wake" all night.

    I was awake all night.
    I kept waking up over and over, all night.
    I woke up repeatedly throughout the night.

    But not: I woke all night.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "the" omitted - correct, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi Joe,
    It's not correct, but not because of the "the."

    I slept all day. I slept all night. I worked all afternoon. I did my taxes all morning. When we use "all" with a part of the day, we don't use "the."

    The problem is that "to wake" is an action that happens in an instant. You don't "wake" all night.

    I was awake all night.
    I kept waking up over and over, all night.
    I woke up repeatedly throughout the night.

    But not: I woke all night.
    Clearly explained - thanks!

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