matthau wrote:As for semantic differences, it's a topic for serious research, I guess. I'd be interested myself to hear somebody say something on the subject.
As far as our research has been able to ascertain, the adjectives whole
are semantically perfect synonyms. There are no rules, but collocation will lead the one to be preferred over the other.
Thus, I"ve been waiting for you the whole day
and I"ve been waiting for you the entire day
are equally usable, whereas when used with the word time
it is less usual to use entire
, and whole
is usually preferred:I lectured for three hours this morning and you slept the whole time
would be preferable toI lectured for three hours this morning and you slept the entire time