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    Full/entire/complete

    hello everybody,
    I am always confused about using Full/entire/complete/whole. For instance
    "The whole/entire world is selfish"
    "The full/ entire/ complete view is tainted"
    " His whole body was shivering" etc.

    Please help me.
    thank you

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    Cool Re: Full/entire/complete

    Those words are synonyms, but they are not used the same way. (In fact, it is rarely the case that two synonyms are used in exactly the same way.)

    For example, I might ask you to tell me the whole truth but not the entire truth. Somebody might eat the whole thing, but he wouldn't eat the entire thing.

    complete - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    whole - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    entire - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Re: Full/entire/complete

    The whole world is selfish.
    The whole view is tainted.
    His whole body is shivering.

    ~R

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    Re: Full/entire/complete

    He carefully planned the whole thing.


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    Re: Full/entire/complete

    Thank you RonBee,
    Still is there any thumb rule to select from these?

    S

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    Re: Full/entire/complete

    When in doubt, choose whole. (It is used more often than the others.) I can't think of a rule of thumb for deciding between them, but I'll work on it. As it is it is hard for me to decide why one is used rather than another. For me it is a matter of feel (intuition).

    whole ------Tell me the whole story.

    complete - It was a complete fabrication.

    entire ----- He memorized the entire poem.


    Maybe if you see enough examples you can figure out a rule of thumb for yourself.

    ~R

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