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    all in all

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion concerning the interpretations of the expression in bald in the following sentences?

    He was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again. (W. Shakespeare, “Hamlet”)

    Taking him all in all, I suppose Balzac is the greatest novelist who ever lived. (W. S. Maugham, “Books and You”)

    All in all about three hundred million dollars have been spent on development of the new aircraft. (R. E. Lapp, “Atoms and People”)

    all in all = altogether, considering all, in view of all, as a whole

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: all in all

    Your interpretation is correct.

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    #3

    Re: all in all

    Nice question ! I wonder does "all in all" work as an adverb only ?

    Thank you so much !

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    Re: all in all

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi crazYgeeK,

    T was all in all then to him, or would he have given us his fortune, his family as he nobly did to make me happy? (W. Thackery, “Vanity Fair”)

    I wasn’t expect to be all in all to one man, unless he wonted me to be. (Th. Dreiser, “Jennie Gerhard”)

    Painting became his all in all.

    all in all = common object, the dearest thing, the most precious thing, all for anyone

    Dress does make a difference, David?
    “This all in all, I think”. (R. Sheridian. “The Rivals”)

    Many a friendly game had netted him a hundred dollars or more at the time when that sum was merely sauce to the dish of the game – not the all in all. (Th. Dreiser, “Sister Carrie”)

    all in all = a determinant factor

    V.

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