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    all of that or all of them / those ?

    Why singular pronounce has been used in the following sentence? ("that" in red).
    it sounds to be "all of them". My own explanation is the person is taking "that" as a whole thing.


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    “Sure,” I said, “as long as you provide your own kennel.” I further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over.

    The customer was flummoxed: “I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow

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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    It refers to "that long list of things you just said". We usually use "that" (rather than "those") in circumstances like this.

    Dave: I need you to bring the cake, some buns, the jelly, the ice-cream and the balloons.
    John: What? I can't carry all of that!

    Sarah: Every morning I put on foundation, blusher, eye-shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick and lip gloss. What about you?
    Tara: I don't bother with all of that. I just brush my hair, have a wash and leave for work.

    PS - I like the dog joke, by the way!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    Ask Why was a singular pronounce has been used in the following sentence?

    When you write a question, the word after the wh- question word always has to be a verb. [EDIT] Except when it's something else. Please read the following posts.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 04-Jul-2017 at 13:23. Reason: To retract a misguided rule.
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    When you write a question, the word after the wh- question word always has to be a verb.
    I like a good rule as much as the next person but I have to disagree with that sweeping generalisation. The following are just a few examples of perfectly good questions without a verb after the wh- word.

    Why in the world did you do that?
    What difference does it make?
    Who amongst us knows all the answers?

    The only one I can't come up with a wh- + not a verb example for is with "When".
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    OK, but I should have pointed out that I'd need something in commas (and therefore omittable) to do so!
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    Yay! I knew someone would do it!
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    How could I have overlooked the many exceptions to the lovely rule I thought I had discovered? I always avoid sweeping generalizations, except maybe every now and then.
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    My excuse for the lovely rules that I discover (and rapidly discard when some smarta**e spots a flaw) is senility. What's yours?
    I rely on overweening arrogance.*

    *(Note to learners: this is sarcasm.)
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    Well there's always the classic "I was just testing you, but you spotted the flaw - good job" line. It does double duty as both an excuse and a face-saver. Tends to need a gullible mind to work, however.
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    Re: all of that or all of them / those ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The only one I can't come up with a wh- + not a verb example for is with "When".

    How about these:
    When the quake happened?
    When ferryterry decided to quit?

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