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Monday, March 30, 2015
All about all
I don’t think we need to spend too long on the basic grammar patterns with ALL.
It can be used with plurals and uncountable nouns
All the children were invited to a big party.
All sugar drinks rot your teeth.
All (of) the cats have been taken to the vet.
Thank you for all (of) your help.
etc. can be used with singular nouns.
I have read all the book.
Did you eat all your lunch?
I can’t finish all this work today.
is also used to qualify adjectives, adverbs and prepositions
The children are all excited.
There is dirt all over the house.
They shouted all excitedly.
means in any way or of any kind. It is often used in negative sentences.
Is there anything at all to do here in the winter months?
I am not at all happy to find out about that.
can mean despite.
For all his faults, I still quite like him.
FOR ALL I KNOW/CARE
suggests that you are not concerned about something or someone.
For all I know, she could be living in Paraguay.
For all I care, the dollar could lose half its value.
FIRST OF ALL
is an expression used to emphasise the start of a speech or presentation
First of all, I would like to thank our hosts for this splendid evening.
First of all, we need to look at the economic impact.
means that we have reconsidered our options.
We decided to take the later train after all. We needed extra time to pack.
ALL IN ALL
is used to sum up.
All in all, it has been a very successful meeting.
BY ALL MEANS
is a way of giving permission
By all means, leave early today. You have been working so hard.
means all the time.
I knew he couldn’t be trusted all along.
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
means to go somewhere to escape from your usual routine
I visit a remote island in Scotland when I need to get away from it all.
IF IT’S ALL THE SAME TO YOU
is used to mean if it makes no difference/doesn’t offend.
Thank you for inviting me to stay with you but if it is all the same to you I would prefer to stay in a hotel in the center of the city so that I can explore a bit.
ONCE AND FOR ALL
means for one final time.
I am telling you once and for all. We are not going to agree to that.
ALL FOR DOING IT
means that you are strongly in favor.
I am all for rejecting their offer. It is not good enough.
If it is
ALL IN YOUR MIND,
you are imagining something.
His doctor told him that he wasn’t really ill and it was all in his mind.
ALL YEAR ROUND
means all the year.
The resort is open all year round, skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
ALL OF A SUDDEN
means immediately, without warning
All of a sudden, the speaker fainted and fell to the floor.
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE
is used to sum up a discussion and to point out the most important point.
When all is said and done, we cannot afford to sell at a price that is lower than our cost price.
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