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Elisa講解: 用詞差異分

 

Is it “all” or “all of”?

 

In most cases, we forgo the preposition “of”.  The time when you would use “of” is when it is followed by a pronoun or in the partitive of phrases. 

 

For example:

 Where you would normally dispense the preposition "of":

 

All (of) my hard work just went down the drain.

All that suffering is so unbearable.

All (of) his past continues to haunt him.

All John’s paintings were sold out on the first day of the auction.

 

For example:

Where you would keep the preposition "of " as in the partitive of phrases:

 

All of that block of business will be transferred to our vendor.

All of these mountains of information is unreadable.  

  

For example:

Where you would keep the preposition "of " as followed by a pronoun:

 

 

All of us decided to stay in Colorado for the winter.

I can't stand all of you following me around.

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  • Chingy
  • 2 more Questions

    Q1:

    Pronouns are those forms such as he, she, I, etc.

    Extracted from two examples given above, I found that 'my' and 'his' both belong to 'possesives', not to 'pronouns'#

    All #of# my hard work just went down the drain#
    All #of# his past continues to haunt him#

    Your explanation that 'Use “of” is when it is followed by a pronoun#' I don't think there's any pronoun, except 'that and these', following 'of' in the above examples#

    Q2:

    Like what you've explained in this page, do we MUST use 'of' when it precedes a pronoun and is followed by 'all' ?

    Are these two examples identical?
    => All of these men got the sack#
    => All these men got the sack.





  • You've misunderstood what I meant.

    What I meant was in most cases, we use "all" and forgo the preposition "of", but in the case when it is followed by a pronoun or in the partitive of phrases, we would keep the preposition "of".

    My examples only point out the ones that we would not normally use the preposition "of".

    I will add the examples where we would normally use the preposition "of" as when it is followed by a pronoun or in the partitive of phrases.

    Let me know if it is clearer now.

    elisaenglish 於 2010/06/30 09:04 回覆

  • Chingy
  • Got it!

    thanks for your explanation