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Let's say you are describing the benefits of a healthy family relationship.

if every person had a healthy family relationship, this would yield a positive impact not only on every person, but also on communities as a whole.

Or

if every person had a healthy family relationship, this would yield a positive impact not only on every person, but also on a community as a whole.

Which is grammatical or appropriate?

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    as long as your intend is to define a larger group of people being affected here you can say "but also on larger communities as a whole" – Berker Yüceer Sep 20 at 9:01
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if every person had a healthy family relationship, this would yield a positive impact not only on every person, but also on communities as a whole.

and

if every person had a healthy family relationship, this would yield a positive impact not only on every person, but also on a community as a whole.

are both grammatically correct, however

if every person had a healthy family relationship, this would yield a positive impact not only on every person, but also on the community as a whole.

where the community is the people of the earth.

  • Nice, thx. Spot on. – John Arvin Sep 21 at 0:01
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They are both grammatical and appropriate, but with different meanings.

In your second example, the focus is on only one community, with the potential implication that other communities might not have similar benefits.

In contrast, in your first example, the benefits apply generally to communities:

  • basic communities, made of individuals and families;
  • communities of communities.

As an exception (perhaps forcing the meaning a little), we can see a family as a community too.

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