What's the difference between entire and all? For example, if I say
- all the files in the project.
- entire files in the project.
Which one is correct? Does entire convey a sense of continuity and hence is not appropriate here?
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All the implies every one of many, while entire implies all of one.
In your examples, #2 sounds off.
I might say:
if several files got trashed (all of them, in fact), or:
if no part of that one file was salvageable after the disaster.
They actually have different meanings and usage.
The meaning of "entire" is "complete." On the other hand, "all" is close in meaning to "every" or "the total number of."
Because of this, we normally use "entire" with singular Nouns.
"Entire" is also synonymous with "whole." So:
Your second example is possible but with a meaning slightly different from what you're expecting. "Entire files" could be used to emphasize the meaning of whole files and their number.