Unit 2.2

All vs Whole

Determiners

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.

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

All

  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.

Whole

  1. My whole career is based on honesty.
  2. The whole crowd is here to get payment from the factory.

Whole companies are terrified because of the financial crisis.

  • All the workers want to be promoted to unit manager.

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;
  • Whole and all with plural nouns they have different meanings.

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;
  • Whole and all with plural nouns they have different meanings.

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