segunda-feira, 8 de julho de 2013

Error #38 – All / Whole / Every

Error #38 – All / Whole / Every

Don’t say: “I invited all the class.”

Say: “I invited the entire class.”
(more formal)

Or: “I invited the whole class.”
(more informal)

Use "every" with singular, countable nouns:
  • I exercise every day.
    = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Every student in the class has a computer.
  • Every necklace in this store costs more than $1,000.
Use "all" with plural countable nouns OR with uncountable nouns to mean 100% of many things:
  • All of this equipment is new.
    = many pieces of equipment
  • All the students in the class have computers.
  • All the necklaces in this store are expensive.
Use "whole" or "entire" with uncountable or singular countable nouns to mean 100% of one thing:
  • I ate the whole pizza.
    = 100% of one pizza.
  • I finished reading the entire book in three days.
    =100% of one book.
Here are more examples that show the difference between all and whole:
  • I ate the whole cake.
    = 100% of one cake.
  • I ate all the cakes.
    = 100% of many cakes
  • The whole apple is rotten.
    = 100% of one apple.
  • All the fruit is rotten.
    = 100% of many apples, bananas, grapes, etc.

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