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What is the difference in use between "whole" and "all" ?

asked 2015-07-13 11:27:37 -0500

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Both words can do as adjectives and as subjects. But "all" is also an adverb, so, in ordinary use, what is the main difference between both expressions? When do we have to use one or another? or there isn't a real difference in use?

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answered 2019-04-24 05:18:04 -0500

I think the only difference is whether the described thing is countable or not. If there can be a discrete, countable number, one would use "all;" but if it is an uncountable substance or a mass-count noun, one would say "whole." For instance, you could not say how many waters are in a glass of water, so you would say "the whole glass of water" instead of "all the waters in the glass."

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