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    #1

    the whole - as the whole

    Are the following sentences correct:
    1. As the whole the problem proved to be difficult.
    2. The problem as the whole proved to be difficult.

    Or only:
    3. The whole problem proved to be difficult.

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    #2

    Re: the whole - as the whole

    Only 3 is correct.

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    #3

    Re: the whole - as the whole

    The expression you're looking for is as a whole,​ meaning "taken in its entirety".
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    #4

    Re: the whole - as the whole

    Hi,
    yes you're absolutely right.


    But does that mean
    1. As a whole the problem proved to be difficult.
    2. The problem as a whole proved to be difficult.

    would be correct then?

    I don't think so. But I'm not sure of course.

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    #5

    Re: the whole - as the whole

    Quote Originally Posted by cubisto View Post
    But does that mean
    1. As a whole, the problem proved to be difficult.
    2. The problem, as a whole, proved to be difficult.

    would be correct then?

    I don't think so. But I'm not sure of course.
    Both would be correct with the commas I've added.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: the whole - as the whole

    The version using 'the' is 'on the whole'.
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