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    Default how do I know that the word 'all' is a noun in the phrase?

    Hi teachers,
    In relation to this question, 'How much of their schoolwork do the children do at home?' This is the correct answer according to a text, 'All of it.'
    A teacher told me that 'all' in that answer is a noun.

    I know that after and adjective 'all' is always a noun like in the following:
    I didn't give it my all.
    He puts his all in every game.

    My question is, how do I know that the word 'all' is a noun in that phrase? What tells me that it is a noun. How can I easily recognize when 'all' is a noun?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: how do I know that the word 'all' is a noun in the phrase?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    'How much of their schoolwork do the children do at home?' This is the correct answer according to a text, 'All of it.'
    A teacher told me that 'all' in that answer is a noun.[...]My question is, how do I know that the word 'all' is a noun in that phrase? What tells me that it is a noun. How can I easily recognize when 'all' is a noun?
    That teacher is wrong, in my opinion. I think that 'all' is functioning as a pronoun there.

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    Default Re: how do I know that the word 'all' is a noun in the phrase?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That teacher is wrong, in my opinion. I think that 'all' is functioning as a pronoun there.
    Hi 5jj,
    Thank you for your reply.
    If it is functioning as a pronoun, it should substitute ...?

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    Default Re: how do I know that the word 'all' is a noun in the phrase?

    With personal pronouns, we use 'all of' + object form, don't we?
    In the given answer, 'all of it', 'it' substitudes 'their homework', doesn't it?

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