Questions tagged [partitives]

Questions related to phrases or words that distinguish a part of something from its whole. For example, "some of the answers" or "a piece of cake."

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Can the predeterminer "half" comfortably occur before plural nouns without determiners?

So "half" belongs to a special class of words known as "predeterminers", those that can occur before determiners: Half a century Half the people in this company can't speak a ...
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Purpose of partitive

I'm having difficulty understanding the purpose of the partitive here. A crew of men were on board a ship. According to CGEL (p. 349), The most straightforward type of quantification involves a ...
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Species of animals

Which one is correct? Types of animals, kinds of animals or species of animals? Please write some examples. And is it correct to say "species of fish"?
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Most or Most of [duplicate]

Should we say : Most of the american women loved Michael Jackson or Most american women loved Michael Jackson Thanks !
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Why is a singular verb "is" used after "One-third of the population" while a plural verb "live" is used after "70 percent of the population"? [duplicate]

1) One-third of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. 2) Nearly 70 percent of the population still live in the countryside. 3) One-third of the residents live below the ...
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When to put "of" after "all"? [duplicate]

What’s the difference between all and all of? When should one use of following all to make all of, and when should one drop the of and just use all all by itself? For example, in this sentence: ...
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"Most" vs. "most of"

During most of history, humans were too busy to think about thought. Why is "most of history" correct in the above sentence? I could understand the difference between "Most of the people" and "Most ...
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Grammar questions on the usage of "some" and "some of the" [closed]

I am correcting a short journal writes up from my student, who is from Korea and notice that I am so lacking of grammar knowledge in explaining to her why it is wrong in her sentence. Below is one ...
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"much of the time" vs "most of the time"

Are these two phrases different in meaning? When do you use "much" or "most"? I was reading a book named "The world of words" where I saw this sentence Substitution in context will help you much ...
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"All the good people" vs. "all of the good people"

I've heard both of these before. All the good people All of the good people Are they both correct?
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Is it correct to use "all this" instead of "all of this"?

I frequently see people write "all this", instead of "all of this". Is this a grammatically correct phrase? My intuition tells me that it's wrong (the spoken phrase "all this" is really a contraction ...
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Difference between 'all' and 'all the'

I came across people using all the in sentences instead of all. Select the type of user to view all the users of that type. All the users of the selected role are displayed. I usually strike out ...
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