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All and Whole

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All and whole are determiners.

All the school took part in the festival. all + noun

The whole school took part in the festival. whole + noun

The with all and whole

The can be used with all and whole:

He's busy all the time. - use the after all.

He's busy the whole of the time. - use the before whole.

She owns all of the company.

She owns the whole of the company.

Possessive Adjectives

My, your, his, hers and its are all possessive adjectives.

All his staff speak English. use all before the possessive adjective.

His whole staff speak English. use whole comes after the possessive adjective.

Plural Nouns

With plural nouns use all the and all of the.

All the people who attended the party wore red.
All of the people who attended the party wore red.

Singular Nouns

Use whole after a definite article (a/the).

She ate the whole cake. - do not say, 'She ate whole cake.'

She ate all the cake. do not say, 'She ate the all cake.'

Uncountable Nouns

It is usual to use all with uncountable nouns

All the water in the bucket.

Now choose the correct form to complete each sentence:

  • 1) ___ family live in Manchester.

  • 2) Did you invite ___ of them?

  • 3) I worked the ___ day.

  • 4) Who ate ___ the biscuits?

  • 5) I didn't watch ___ movie.

  • 6) My dog barks ___ the time.

  • 7) The ___ meeting only took 10 minutes.

  • 8) I lost ___ lot of money.

  • 9) Where are ___ children?

  • 10) She's away __ week.