He has lost nearly his all many pets.

In the above sentence, there is three adjectives 'his', 'all' and 'many'. I am confused to place them appropriately. So,do their ordering have any effect on sense of the sentence, if yes, how can I fix it? Please explain it to me, thanks a lot!

  • Swap 'all' and 'his', (probably use 'all of') then it will be grammatical
    – Stefan
    Aug 11, 2017 at 19:31
  • In real life, I would say 'he has lost almost all of his many pets'
    – Stefan
    Aug 11, 2017 at 19:32
  • @Stefan Is there any rule related to their ordering because it always makes me confused, also, here 'all' and 'many' together seems odd to me, why can't we just not keep only one whether 'all' or 'many'? Aug 11, 2017 at 19:33
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    I guess it is this sense: 'pronoun 9. the whole quantity or amount: He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.'
    – Stefan
    Aug 11, 2017 at 19:42
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    And to answer one of your other questions: you can skip 'many', but 'many' emphasises that he has not just 2-3 pets
    – Stefan
    Aug 11, 2017 at 19:46

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He has lost nearly his all many pets.

I take it he did not lose pets that he had almost acquired... such pets would be "nearly his". In this sentence "nearly" modifies "all" so it need to be right before it as "nearly all"

You may say "he has lost nearly all his many pets" but do not say "he has lost his nearly all many pets"-- but as for a rule to tell you why, this is more complicated.

Perhaps you can tell that "nearly all many pets" is wrong. It wants to be either "nearly all of the many pets" (or in this case "nearly all of his many pets") The "of" needed (or implied) because you are saying two different things about the pets. (1) He has many pets and (2) he lost nearly all of them. It is as if the "nearly all" modifies how he lost them, but "many" is about all his pets; "many" tells you something about even the pets that were not lost.

I think this is better with the "of"-- but once you have them in the correct order, it can be written with or without the "of". Hence: He has lost nearly all (of) his many pets.

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