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If I want to say that I thought about something in the entire day (one day 12 hours) then how should I say

"I thought about it all the day"

or

"I thought about it whole the day"?

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    I thought about it all day or the whole day.
    – user29952
    Jan 24, 2018 at 16:31

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Thinking about something for a prolonged period of time such as the entire day implies that you are in the process of thinking that's continual. This suggests that the past continuous tense might possibly be a better choice of words to use in this situation. In fact, any continuous tense form with reference to the past will work here:

I was thinking about it all day.

I've been thinking about it all day.

However, note that the simple past is also fine:

I thought about it all day.

The expression all the day is not going to be very idiomatic in this particular case. all day is the idiomatic one (and by that I mean that's what's actually going to be used in this situation). whole the day is grammatically downright wrong. Articles in English always come before the nouns or noun phrases that they modify. Hence, it should be the whole day. But you can use it too:

I was thinking about it the whole day.

I've spent the whole day thinking about it.

I thought about it the whole day.

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    better, I've (had)been thinking about it all day
    – user29952
    Jan 24, 2018 at 16:34
  • @user159691 Yep, that works too. But we'll leave it to the OP's discretion to choose which one of the possible contentious tenses he or she wants to use. Jan 24, 2018 at 17:06
  • You raise an interesting point here, but I still think the simple past works just fine. There's nothing wrong with: "I thought about it all day."
    – J.R.
    Jan 24, 2018 at 23:08
  • @J.R. Thank you for your comment. I didn't explicitly say that it was wrong. I just didn't include it in my answer. I thought that past continuous tenses are more commonly used for this type of situation. Jan 25, 2018 at 3:42

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