February 9th, 2018 in English Learning
All and all of
Before a noun with a determiner (e.g. articles, possessives and demonstratives), all and all of are both possible.
- All my friends like music. OR All of my friends like music.
- All the lights were out. OR All of the lights were out.
Before a noun with no determiner, we use all.
- All lights went out. (NOT All of lights went out.)
- All children love toys. (NOT All of children love toys)
- Not all birds can sing.
- I like all music. (NOT I like all of music.)
Before a pronoun, we use all of.
- All of us like riding. (NOT All us like riding.)
- All of them were present. (NOT All them were present.)
All and every
All is used with plural nouns.Every is used with singular nouns.
- All children can be difficult.
- Every child can be difficult.
- All lights were out.
- Every light was out.
- All religions teach the same morals.
- All paths lead to the same destination.
All and whole
All and whole have similar meanings. All is used in the structure: all (of) + determiner + noun.
Whole is used in the structure: determiner + whole + noun
- I spent the whole week at home.
- I spent all the week at home. OR I spent all of the week at home.