View Poll Results: She spent the ____ time talking about something else.

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Thread: Whole & All

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    Whole & All


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    Re: Whole & All

    With Plural Nouns:
    They have different meanings:

    All exams were affected. = Every exam was affected.
    Whole exams were affected. = This doesn't mean that every exam was affected, but that some were affected completely.

    I'll be glad if you can offer one more example. :wink:

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    Whole careers have been ruined as a result of the scandal.
    All careers have their ups and downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Whole careers have been ruined as a result of the scandal.
    All careers have their ups and downs.

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    All careers- all walks of life
    whole careers- for me, it sounds the same with 'all careers'. :?

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    All careers = every career, no one excepted.
    Whole careers = the entire career of some individuals.

    In the first case, everybody is impacted. In the second, only a few people are, but they're crushed.

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    My whole careers are just a joke.
    All my careers is a joke.


    Yike! They sound just the same. :?
    I'm slow today. (wicked snicker back)

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    As a rule, one has only one career -- but it is possible to have several, say, if you have several majors and change job.
    Thus, more common would be 'my whole career is just a joke" (= my entire career).

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    Re: Whole & All

    i guess after "all" should come "of" and after "whole" should come a noun..

    whats ur opinion ?

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    All with "of":
    All of the pie was eaten.
    All without "of":
    All pies are made to be eaten.
    ~R

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    Cool Re: Whole & All

    we can use whole if we would already use the..such>>the whole school..
    but we should put 'the' after 'all' ,if all is used such>>all the classrooms..
    then the answer seems to be 'whole'
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    Last edited by chtylmz; 05-Feb-2007 at 18:05. Reason: forgot to say the answer..:D

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