We often hear:

I have been working hard all year / day / month

When should we say this sentence?

Say at the end of 2017, I say: I have been working hard all year

Does it mean: I have been working hard for the whole 2017?

When should we say: I have been working hard all the year?

What are the differences between "all year / day / month..." & "all the year / day / month..."?

  • Most native speakers would rarely if ever include the (syntactically, optional) article the in such contexts (or indeed, of the). I could contrive contexts where it might even be preferable to include [of] the, but they really would be contrived. And it would always be perfectly okay not to include it between all + day / month / year, so I suggest just do that every time. – FumbleFingers Jun 14 '18 at 16:52
  • There's All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks, but that's just because they needed more syllables to match the song's tempo. – FumbleFingers Jun 14 '18 at 16:58

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