Unit 2.2

All vs Whole

Determiners

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Introduction

Determiners are modifiers of nouns. They can provide a wide range of information.

All and whole refer to complete, entire things. They have similar meanings but they are used in different ways.

Form

Determiner words are put before a noun to show what the noun refers to.

The structures of all an whole are:

All:

  1. All + uncountable nouns
  2. All + possessive adjectives
  3. All + definite article (the)

Whole:

  1. Possessive adjectives + whole
  2. Definite article (the) + whole
  3. Whole + plural nouns

Example

  1. All job information is on the leaflet.
  2. All my savings are in the bank.
  3. The general manager called all the assistants to inform them about hiring someone new.

 

  1. My whole career is based on honesty.
  2. The whole crowd is here to get payment from the factory.
  3. Whole companies are terrified because of the financial crisis.

Use

We use:

  • All with plural nouns has the meaning of every, every of;
  • Whole with plural nouns has the meaning of complete;
  • Whole and all with singular nouns they refer to complete, entire things.

Summary

Determiners all and whole refer to complete, entire things. We use:

  • All with plural nouns has the meaning of every, every of;
  • Whole with plural nouns has the meaning of complete;
  • Whole and all with singular nouns they refer to complete, entire things.

The structure of all is: We start with the word all followed by an uncountable noun, a possesive adjective or the definite article (the).

The strucutre of whole is: We start with a posssesive adjective or the definite article (the) and the word whole.

For example:
— Whole families participated in this school project.” = We use whole to give the meaning of entire families.
All families participated in this school project.” = We use all to give the meaning of every family.
Every family participated in this school project.” = We use every only with singular nouns.

NOTE: The definite article the, is placed after all (namely, all the) and before whole (namely, the whole).

For example:
— The whole teacher community went on a strike.
— “All the teacher community went on a strike.”
In both sentences, the whole and all the refer to complete, entire things.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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