"the whole world" and "all the world", what's different between these two?
That is a great question. The words “all” and “whole” are quantifiers. This means they indicate aspects of quantity. They are used to mean the complete/full amount of something, without missing any parts. Their usage depends on the type of noun they describe, i.e. singular or plural, countable or uncountable. Although they have very similar meanings and can be used interchangeably, "all" and "whole" are also used in different ways. “All” can generally be used with all types of noun, while "whole” can be used with singular countable nouns. So the case of singular countable nouns, like "world" here, "all" and "whole" are interchangeable and mean the same thing. Ex: They have rented all of the building. Ex: They have rented the whole building.
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