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  • She bought the entire stock of household goods in that store and left nothing.

  • She bought the whole stock of household goods in that store and left nothing.

Which one is more appropriate?

Can I use both?

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When talking about collections of objects; the entire can be used for collections of different objects. Whole is considered a collection of parts.

The expression “whole stock” considers stock to be a single unit that has not been subdivided. An “entire stock” means all different objects in stock. In this case either could be used.

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