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    #1

    in all books -in all the books

    Which sentence is the correct one?

    The rule is written in all the books on grammar.
    All books on grammar give/explain that rule.
    All the books on grammar give/explain that rule.
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    Re: in all books -in all the books

    I find the first somewhat unnatural - "grammar books" is more natural. In fact, that goes for all three sentences. I would start the first with "this" or "that" rule, not "the". I would probably not use "written". Anything in a book is, by definition, written.
    Otherwise, they're all OK but note that there is a difference between "giving" a rule and "explaining" a rule.

    I would probably say something like "This rule appears in all grammar books".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: in all books -in all the books

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Just a gentle reminder that some people still prefer to use the preposition "of":

    "All of the grammar books agree that it is correct to say either 'All my friends' or 'All of my friends.' "

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