Intermediate grammar exercise: all, the whole

English vocabulary-building exercise for pre-intermediate / intermediate level.

In this exercise you will practise the difference between all and the whole.

Exercise instructions

Fill in the gap in the following sentences with all or whole (one word per gap), as appropriate.

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Grammar explanation

We use all or all of to express the total number or amount of something. all (of) my friends, all (of) the time
All (of) my friends visited me in the hospital.
We usually use all or all of with uncountable nouns. all (of) the money, all (of) the oil
She has spent all (of) the money on cosmetics.
We usually use all of with personal pronouns it, them, etc. all of them, all of it
Have you invited all of them?
All can be placed after the personal pronouns you, we, they, them, us. we all, they all
We all enjoyed the concert.

The whole
We usually use the whole or the whole of with singular countable nouns. the whole meeting, my whole life
She lived in the same house her whole life.

All, the whole
Both all and the whole can be used with time expressions. However, all is used more often. all day / the whole day
all morning / the whole morning
I was there all day.
I was there the whole day.

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