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Use all of
before words like us
, and her
). For example:
- All of us
For normal nouns
, just use all
(instead of all of
- All the cheese
- All the soldiers
Using All and All Of
There is often confusion over all
and all of
. As a very general guideline, use all of
when the next word is a pronoun
(e.g., us, you, it, him, her). For example:
- All of us...
- All of you...
- All of it...
There is no need to use all of
for normal nouns. You can just use all
. For example:
All the soldiers...
All the nurses...
I need all of the chairs.
(The word chairs
is not a pronoun. This is not wrong, but it is not as succinct as all the chairs
. The word of
does not add anything. It is redundant.)
All of the divers returned safely.
(The word of
NOT A RULE BUT A GUIDELINE
The word all
is used as either an indefinite adjective
(e.g., all the soldiers
) or an indefinite pronoun
(e.g., all of the soldiers
As indefinite adjectives are not generally used to modify pronouns, terms like all us
are wrong. With nouns, however, you have a choice of constructions:
- Choice 1: All the soldiers
(This is all as an indefinite adjective.)
- Choice 2: All of the soldiers
(This is all as an indefinite pronoun.)
For many, all the soldiers
seems less clumsy than all of the soldiers
, but both are acceptable.
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