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    #1

    the whole of the summer

    Hi,

    I've just read this sentence below at Michael Swan's book:

    - Julie spent the whole of the summer at home.

    This sentence sounds a bit awkward to my ears. I would say that "she spent all (the) summer at home".

    I want to know if 'the whole of' is common in spoken English.

    Thank you.
    Not a teacher.

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    #2

    Re: the whole of the summer

    (Not a Teacher)

    While it is a tad verbose for normal speech, it's not incorrect.

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    Re: the whole of the summer

    It emhasises that she did not spend even the tiniest part of the summer elsewhere.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-Jun-2012 at 18:25. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: the whole of the summer

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hi,

    I've just read this sentence below in Michael Swan's book:

    - Julie spent the whole of the summer at home.

    This sentence sounds a bit awkward to my ears. I would say that "she spent all (the) summer at home".

    I want to know if 'the whole of' is common in spoken English.

    Thank you.
    Bhai.

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    #5

    Re: the whole of the summer

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It emhasises that she did not spend even the timest part of the summer elsewhere.
    Typo alert, Mr jj (or may I call you 5?)

    To answer the original question, it's certainly not uncommon. Personally, I would have said "she spent the whole summer at home".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the whole of the summer

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Typo alert,
    Thanks
    Mr jj (or may I call you 5?).
    Only if you spell it correctly.

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    #7

    Re: the whole of the summer

    "tiniest"

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