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  1. Banned
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    Post Clean All Up

    "He cleaned the place all up"
    "He cleaned all the place up"
    "He cleaned the place up all"

    Where should "all" be put?

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    Re: Clean All Up

    None of them is very natural.

    He cleaned the place up.
    He cleaned the whole place up.

    If someone spills, for instance, an entire jar of coffee on the floor, you might say "You need to clear that all up", meaning "all of the spilt coffee".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Clean All Up

    emsr2d2, before you waste any more of your time on this user, please note that highlandw is the oh-so-persistent troll. Take a look at his/her previous posts. Do you see the similarities?

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