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Difference between complete AND whole #1 (permalink) Fri May 05, 2006 5:41 am   Difference between complete AND whole
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #22 "Weather Forecast", question 6

And by early evening the ......... country will see the rain.

(a) whole
(b) total
(c) complete
(d) hole

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #22 "Weather Forecast", answer 6

And by early evening the whole country will see the rain.

Correct answer: (a) whole

Your answer was: incorrect
And by early evening the complete country will see the rain.
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Why not complete.....????
I have always had problems with complete Vs whole.
Could you explain the difference to me?

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Whole /complete #2 (permalink) Fri May 05, 2006 9:10 am   Whole /complete
 

Hi Salman,

An interesting question. You ask for the difference between whole and complete as used in this sentence:

Quote:
And by early evening the whole country will see the rain.

Correct answer: (a) whole

In the sentence whole means entire in the sense of covering every single bit of the country. When we say the whole day, we mean from beginning to end of the day. In this sentence: The whole town came into the centre to celebrate the winners we mean every single member of the town's population.

Complete on the other hand suggests that nothing is missing - in other words all the parts are there as in: the complete works of Shakespeare (every play). Newspapers try to give a complete picture of what happened. I have complete trust in your ability.

To summarize: whole suggests total coverage complete suggests that there is nothing absent.

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Difference between complete AND whole #3 (permalink) Wed Mar 16, 2011 15:14 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

What does it mean? - early evening
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Difference between complete AND whole #4 (permalink) Thu Mar 17, 2011 0:17 am   Difference between complete AND whole
 

'Early evening' can be from about 6 pm to about 7 pm, depending on light intensity and one's daily schedule.
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Difference between complete AND whole #5 (permalink) Thu Mar 24, 2011 20:26 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

can somebody tell me please is it correct: I want to have a rest OF this heavy traffic.
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Difference between complete AND whole #6 (permalink) Thu Mar 24, 2011 20:30 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

...from this heavy traffic
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Difference between complete AND whole #7 (permalink) Sat Mar 26, 2011 18:29 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

Help me, please. tell me is it correct: My throat is red. and the second: I have high immunity
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Difference between complete AND whole #8 (permalink) Sat Mar 26, 2011 19:00 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

Hello

'My throat is red' is grammatically correct. It would usually denote an infection of the throat.
'I have high immunity' indicates that you have a high immunity to something.
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Difference between complete AND whole #9 (permalink) Sat Mar 26, 2011 19:13 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

is it correct:Do you know where IS Nick now?
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Difference between complete AND whole #10 (permalink) Sat Mar 26, 2011 19:59 pm   Difference between complete AND whole
 

Do you know where Nick is now?
Where is Nick now?
'Do you know' modifies the question so that you don't need to invert the word order.
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