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    whole vs. full vs. complete

    Hello everyone,

    I have never had any problems with them, but for me they have same meanings, therefore I want to know a really difference between them. My dictionaries did not give me a clear answer.

    For exapmle:
    All my life I say: the whole world, but can I say: the full world or the complete world? They sound strange for me, but I don't see more differences than "strange sound".

    Thanks in advance.
    Yours sincerely,
    Nickle.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: whole vs. full vs. complete

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have never had any problems with them, but for me they have same meanings, therefore I want to know a really difference between them. My dictionaries did not give me a clear answer.

    For exapmle:
    All my life I say: the whole world, but can I say: the full world or the complete world? They sound strange for me, but I don't see more differences than "strange sound".

    Thanks in advance.
    Yours sincerely,
    Nickle.
    I would not say "complete world" or full world". You can say the entire world.

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    #3

    Re: whole vs. full vs. complete

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have never had any problems with them, but for me they have same meanings, therefore I want to know a really difference between them. My dictionaries did not give me a clear answer.

    For exapmle:
    All my life I say: the whole world, but can I say: the full world or the complete world? They sound strange for me, but I don't see more differences than "strange sound".

    Thanks in advance.
    Yours sincerely,
    Nickle.
    Follow the native speakers, Nickle! The 'whole world' is common usage. Full world and complete world are awkward and seldom used in conversation.

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