When I come across a sentence with "All of" or "All", I always get confused between them.

I stopped to greet all my friends.

I stopped to greet all of my friends.

Are there any differences between the sentences above?

  • There is no difference in this sentence.
    – Andrew
    Feb 6, 2018 at 22:11

2 Answers 2


I think you meant to say is there a difference between

I stopped to greet all my friends.


I stopped to greet all of my friends

These two sentences use different words, but the meaning is identical.

In fact, I suspect that the first is simply a shortened version of the second. That is, if I was transcribing and someone said "all my friends," I would likely write down "all of my friends." It sounds a little more complete, which is what you want in written English. No one will complain if you use the first form, though.


I stopped to greet my friends.

I stopped to greet all of my friends.

Both are grammatical, without any difference in meaning.

When you want to refer to every thing or person in a group, You can use all or all of in front of a possessive determiner + plural noun. However, the use of "all" is far more common than that of "all of".

  • May I ask does it differ if we add 'the' like 'All of the employees working on production line expressed a need for more breaks.' or 'All employees working on...' ? I found this: ellii.com/blog/…
    – user138449
    Aug 19, 2022 at 14:56

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