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    I came across this problem in my private tutoring lessons today. I wanted my pupil to write down some sentences with the word whole.
    I know it is possible to say:

    the whole day
    the whole morning etc.

    However, what about this sentence?

    You were a whole hour in the garden.

    This sounds peculiar to me. Whole hour? Is it correct? If not, why not?

    Besides, I was in doubt whether the order is right (place before time).

    Can anyone help me along, please?

    Thank you.

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    Last edited by Snowcake; 31-Mar-2008 at 22:53.

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    #2

    Re: whole

    I'd go for:

    You spent a/the whole hour in the garden.
    You were in the garden (for) a/the whole hour.


    To me, your sentence looks fine as well, but, as you pointed that out yourself, the order does not seem good.

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    Re: whole

    I'm not a teacher, but, as a Brit, I'd agree fully with engee30.

    I would, however, expect it to be followed by a comment such as:
    "What on earth were you doing!"

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    #4

    Re: whole

    Thank you so much.

    Sometimes it's so easy.

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    #5

    Re: whole

    I think the problem is that: "a whole day" feels meaningful, whereas "a whole hour" feels superfluous. I think you would simply say "an hour".

    For example, " he spent a whole day sunbathing in the garden". And, "he spent an hour sunbathing in the garden".


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    #6

    Re: whole

    Sorry, but I am trying to suggest that it is a question of degree. For example, " he spent a whole hour doing something he should have finished in five minutes" sounds o.k, because you are showing that spending a whole hour doing this was excessive. I hope you see what I mean.

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    #7

    Re: whole

    Thank you, gybbyr. Yes, I see what you mean - and it's a very useful comment.

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    #8

    Re: whole

    Your were a whole hour in the bathroom! What about me!

    Said by a brother to his teenage sister. Meaning: You hogged the bathroom!

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