The Whole Of The Time vs. The Whole Time?

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The Whole Of The Time vs. The Whole Time?

Postby konstantine » Sat, 19 Apr 2008 03:43:21 -0500

I'm an ESL student and here is where I'm getting slightly confused: which of the following sentences is more grammatically correct: "I work the whole of the time" vs. "I work the whole time". It would be also appreciated if you could tell me the difference between these two phrases from both American and British points of view.
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Re: The Whole Of The Time vs. The Whole Time?

Postby Syl » Sun, 20 Apr 2008 05:39:50 -0500

I've looked up both Cambridge and Oxford Dictionaries online.


1 complete or not divided:
I spent the whole day cleaning.
There's still a whole month till my birthday.
After my exercise class, my whole body ached.
The whole town was destroyed by the earthquake.
This whole thing (= situation) is ridiculous.
Bill does nothing but moan the whole time (= all the time).

noun [C usually singular]
2 the whole of sth all of something:
I'll be on holiday the whole of next week.


whole /hl; NAmE hol/ adj., noun
1 [only before noun] full; complete: He spent the whole day writing. We drank a whole bottle each. The whole country (= all the people in it) mourned her death. Let’s forget the whole thing. She wasn’t telling the whole truth.

the whole lot everything; all of sth: I’ve sold the whole lot.
1 [C] a thing that is complete in itself: Four quarters make a whole. The subjects of the curriculum form a coherent whole.
2 [sing.] the ~ of sth all that there is of sth: The effects will last for the whole of his life.

Conclusion: "the whole time" is used both in American and British English.
I also saw many publications using the expression "the whole of the time", mainly British publications, and it's a little out of date, I think...

I hope it helps:)
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Re: The Whole Of The Time vs. The Whole Time?

Postby eslkorea » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:18:28 -0500

the whole time is more appropriate...the latter is yes, a bit outdated..old english perhaps and i haven't heard that phrase being used...
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