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    Can someone please tell me the correct way to write each of these sentences.

    Other people were wearing wetsuits and all we had on were our bathing suits. or Other people were wearing wetsuits and all we had on was our bathing suits.

    The surf was about waist to chest high and glassy, which was fun. or The surf was about waist to chest high and glassy, which was very fun.

    Mostly because all of us had become used to the water by then. or Mostly because all of us had become use to the water by then.

    Thanks for the help.

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    :D Other people were wearing wetsuits and all we had on were our bathing suits.

    :( Other people were wearing wetsuits and all we had on was our bathing suits.

    'suits' is plural:
    Bathing suits are what we had on.
    Bathing suits were what we had on.

    The surf was about waist to chest high and glassy, which was fun.
    The surf was about waist to chest high and glassy, which was very fun.

    :D The surf was about waist to chest high, deep, and glassy, which was fun to swim in.

    :D Mostly because all of us had become used to the water by then.
    :( Mostly because all of us had become use to the water by then.

    "used to", a predicate adjective, means, accustomed to, whereas "use", a transitive verb, means "bring into service", and it is always followed by an object (i.e. use it, used it, use them, used them) and never followed by "to".

    Speakers tend to omit the sound [d] when pronouncing "used to". The reason being, "used to" ([ju:sdtu]) has three consonants in a row [sdt]. The first and last sounds, [s] and [t] are voiceless, whereas the middle sound [d] is voiced. [d] is the odd sound out, so speakers tend to deleted it, producing [ju:s'tu], which sounds like *"use to", but should always be written as "used to".

    :D

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    It is important that the verb agree with the subject in number. When "all" is the subject it is sometimes a problem determining whether it is a plural subject or a singular subject.

    When used to designate a noncount noun or a mass noun in which the individuals are considered a unit "all" is construed as singular.

    • All is well.
      All is quiet on the Western front.
      All the milk is gone.
      All the food has been eaten.
      All of the universe is subject to the same physical laws.
      All he had on was burned in the fire.
      All of the furniture was destroyed in the blaze.
      All he had on was shorts and shoes.
      All we had on was our swimsuits.


    When used to designate a noun that is considered plural "all" is construed as plural.

    • All men are created equal.
      All the cows are in the barn.
      All of the members of the board are present.
      All the people you invited are here.
      All the musicians have been paid.
      All of his clothes were stolen.
      All of the customers have been served.
      All of the kids are on the bus.


    All
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=all

    That is all.

    :)

    [Edited for spelling.]

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    When used to designate a noun that is considered plural "all" is construed as plural.

    All men are created equal.
    'Tis true. Women aren't created equal.



    All Men > Amen.

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    That could mean that they are created better. ))

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