Does the whole summer and all summer have the same meanings?

I spent the whole/all summer in the village.

  • In this context, yes, they mean the same thing. Could you please add more detail to explain why you find this confusing? – Andrew Apr 6 '19 at 16:28
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    Yes: when used with singular heads, the determinative "all" is in competition with the adjective "whole". They both function as determiners. – BillJ Apr 6 '19 at 16:32

When applied to a singular noun, all means the same as whole (or the whole, the whole of, etc). If it were applied to a plural or mass noun, it would means the same as every used with a singular (In the case of the plural) or the semantically similar idea applied to a mass noun.

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