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Microsoft Word says that I SHOULD NOT use "all" or "all of" when I mean a total or the whole of a singular item and SHOULD use "the entire" instead. I typed "I am sick of all the lie" and Microsoft Word gave me a green squiggly line starting from "all" to "the." I'd like to know if this were? true, or my Microsoft Word is just not updated.

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    I am sick of all the lies. (This is a question for ELL.) – Drew Apr 23 '17 at 15:25
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    Some 'grammar-correcting' devices are better ignored. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 23 '17 at 15:48
  • What's ELL? Google says it's english-language learner. Then why "all of me" doesn't get that green line. "Me" is singular, right? – Xyenz Apr 23 '17 at 16:02
  • And some 'grammar-correcting' devices are better not ignored. – Xyenz Apr 23 '17 at 16:04
  • @EdwinAshworth Not in this case. The given suggestion is correct, but just not as useful to the OP as it does not question whether the object should be plural in the first place. – Dog Lover Apr 30 '17 at 22:53
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If lie is singular, then your computer is right, it's awkward to write "all the lie." It would look to the reader like what you meant to say is "I'm sick of all the lies."

If you're trying to express that you're sick of every part of one lie, you have several options:

I'm sick of the whole lie.

I'm sick of the entire lie.

And you could use a thesaurus to find even more options.

If you want to say that you're sick of multiple lies, and you really want to keep "lie" singular for some reason, you could write:

I'm sick of every lie.

  • Then why is "all of me" fine? "Me" is singular, right? Or is there a special rule for pronouns? – Xyenz Apr 24 '17 at 2:56
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    @Xyenz It's not a hard and fast rule. "All of" can be confusing when used with a singular definite noun, but one that cannot be pluralized isn't prone to such confusion. For instance you could say she was the best in all of France or she was the best in the entire country. – RaceYouAnytime Apr 24 '17 at 22:55

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