How do I say in the entire country of France?

  • In all of France
  • In whole France
  • In the whole France
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    Either in "In all of France", "In all France", "In the whole of France", or "In the whole country" (without naming France). If you want the reasoning behind these choices, or just more information, you should ask on our sister site, English Language Learners.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 20 '15 at 17:43
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    Let's just say it's more on-topic on ELL. EL&U is more focused on topics relevant to native speakers (or people with a native level of fluency), linguists, and etymologists, where ELL is focused on helping people learn to use English effectively.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 20 '15 at 18:08
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    Why not omit all of them? 'In France they speak French', can have the same meaning as 'In all of France they speak French'.
    – Christopher
    Apr 20 '15 at 19:45
  • @Christopher Emphasis.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 20 '15 at 19:46
  • @Dan Bron Just pointing out a less wordy option can still be concise.
    – Christopher
    Apr 20 '15 at 19:52

If you are talking about the geographic boundaries of a nation, these two are valid options:

  • This is the best restaurant in all of France.
  • This is the best restaurant in the whole of France.

You need the definite article when you use "whole of."

Of those two, I would probably use all of instead of the the whole of most of the time. The Ngram on this is quite interesting; it indicates "all of" is on the rise, while "the whole of" is on the decline. (However, that doesn't mean "the whole of" is wrong or inappropriate.)

You can also change the preposition to throughout, and the "all of" is implied:

  • This is the best restaurant throughout France.

Then again, you can use "in" to say the same thing:

  • This is the best restaurant in France.

The qualifiers "in all of" and "in the whole of" aren't really necessary when dealing with superlatives. However, there are times when you want to emphasize that are talking about all of something in an entire country, and not just a subset:

  • There are 56 nuclear power plants in all of France.

'The French' would be my response. I opine you use the general reference for the populace of the entity you are referring to.

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    Nope. "The French" are a people; "France" is a country. You can have a tree which is the tallest in all of France, but doesn't have a French passport.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 20 '15 at 20:03
  • @DanBron, but doesn't have a French passport. What do you mean?
    – XPMai
    Apr 20 '15 at 20:37
  • @XPMai It was a funny way to say the tree is not a citizen of France. The tree is not included in "The French". So Ibrahim's answer is incorrect.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 20 '15 at 20:45

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