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Last Updated: Nov 05, 2015     Views: 0

We do not normally use all to mean everybody/everyone. Instead, all usually refers to the entirety some group. But note that we say all of us/you/them, not everybody of.

e.g.: Everybody enjoyed the party.

All of us enjoyed the party.

All of the dogs barked at the ambulance sirens.

In some cases you can use all or everything interchangeably. 

e.g.: I will do all I can to help. or I will do everything I can to help.

Whole means complete, entire. Most often we use whole with singular nouns. We do not normally use whole with uncountable nouns.

e.g.: Did you read the whole book?

I have spent all the money you gave me. (not "the whole money")

We use every to say how often something happens. So we say every day/ every Monday/ every ten minutes, etc.

While all day/the whole day means the complete day from beginning to end.

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