the complete amount, thing, etc.
the sum of the parts
all; the full amount of
not divided or broken up; complete
"Europe considered as a whole"
"the whole of American literature"
"how big is that part compared to the whole?"
"the team is a unit"
"gave his whole attention"
"a whole wardrobe for the tropics"
"the whole hog"
"a whole week"
"the baby cried the whole trip home"
"a whole loaf of bread"
"whole brothers and sisters"
"hale and hearty"
"whole in mind and body"
"a whole person again"
"a solid voting bloc"
"he was wholly convinced"
"entirely satisfied with the meal"
"it was completely different from what we expected"
"was completely at fault"
"a totally new situation"
"the directions were all wrong"
"it was not altogether her fault"
"an altogether new approach"
"a whole new idea"
The evil thing..Left the man whole and sound of body.
误 Our opinions are on a whole the same.
正 Our opinions are on the whole the same.
析 表示“大体上,基本上”,应该说on the whole,而不能说on a whole。
误 Whole city was burning.
正 The whole city was burning.
析 whole通常用于冠词、所有格或其他限定词之后。如果前面没有冠词或其他限定词, whole一般不能与单数名词连用。
误 I've lived here my all life.
正 I've lived here my whole life.
正 I've lived here all my life.
析 all和whole表示的意思基本一样,但词序却不同：all用在冠词、所有格或其他限定词之前, whole则用于冠词、所有格等之后。
误 The whole of China was in mourning for the passing away of the great man.
正 All China was in mourning for the passing away of the great man.
析 the whole of China指的是“整个中国(国土)”,而all China指的是“全体中国人”。
误 The whole class suddenly fell silent.
正 The class suddenly fell silent.
析 the class已表示“全班学生”, whole属多余。