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Is it possible to use 'whole' instead of 'entire' in the sentence below? Actually I need to know if they both convey the same sense here or not and make sure if it sounds awkward or normal to native ears:

  • I have devoted my entire life to studying.
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  • native ears instead of native years? I cannot make such a small edit
    – malarres
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 10:13
  • @malarres thank you for pointing out; it was a typo ;)
    – A-friend
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 10:14
  • In both of cases, there are a lot of results which are provided by Google Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 10:28
  • Actually I need to know the most natural one @RongNguyen ;)
    – A-friend
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 10:32
  • I personally think there's not much difference between the two (as used in the given example). It's likely on usage preference.
    – shin
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 12:07

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Yes it is possible. Both sentences sound just fine and both convey the same meaning.

The only difference to me is that the word "entire" gives the sentence a slightly more formal sound than "whole."

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