I noticed that when there is a possesive before the noun preceding "of" then we cam omit "of" but not in the case when there's no possesive before the noun:

  • I give you all (of) my love. (Correct)
  • I give you all love. (Incorrect) - should be "I give you all of love"

Am I right?

I mean to say when something belongs to someone of can either be omitted or not but with no possesive case can we omit of?

Which is correct when we speak about something in general:

  1. I showed him all love.
  2. I showed him all of love.
  • In general, it would help if you said what your intended meaning is. Give us a paraphrase of what you want to convey. For many a grammatical utterance could be the wrong thing to say. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 19 '17 at 19:17
  • Why did you leave my out of the second example? Anyway "I give you all my love" is OK. – user3169 Sep 19 '17 at 19:35

I can easily give you all of my porridge. But I can give you all porridge only if I am in charge of the refectory, or perhaps one of the servers who doesn't like you and refuses to give you anything else on the menu.

all porridge can mean either "all the porridge that exists" or "exclusively porridge", that is, nothing but porridge.

  • What about "I can give you all of porridge"? – SovereignSun Sep 20 '17 at 5:02
  • No, we can't use "all of" here. We always use "all", not "all of", before uncountable nouns. Check dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/quantifiers/… for your reference. – abhijeet pathak Sep 20 '17 at 6:12
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    @SovereignSun: When porridge has no determiner, it lacks the semantic attribute of quantity, and thus cannot be used in a partitive construction with all, a quantifier. But we can say "You have a dollop|bit|smear|splash|etc of porridge on your shirt" since those nouns are not quantifiers. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 20 '17 at 11:56
  1. I give you all my love. (Correct)
  2. I give you all of my love. (Correct)
  3. I give you all love. (Correct)
  4. I showed him all love. (Correct)
  5. I showed him all of love. (Correct)

1 & 2 both mean that all of my love is given to you, that I do not give any of my love to anyone else.

3 means that love is the only thing that I give you, I don't give you anything else.

4 & 5 mean that I showed him everything that there is to know about love.

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