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What is the difference between whole and entire?

Unread postby Rina » 02 Jun 2008, 09:50

Dear Lucy

I'd like your advice please.
When do I have to use entire and when whole?
Is there any rule ?
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Re: What is the difference between whole and entire?

Unread postby Lucy » 03 Jun 2008, 20:28

Dear Rina,

There is very little difference between whole and entire. They are both adjectives but whole can be used as a noun (e.g. he stayed in London the whole of the summer) whereas entire cannot. The corresponding noun would be entirety.

In most cases the two words mean the same thing. Whole can be used in more situations than entire; e.g. whole food meaning healthy food.

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Lucy
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Re: What is the difference between whole and entire?

Unread postby Rina » 04 Jun 2008, 07:34

Thank you so much!
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