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‘All’ as a determiner

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘All’ as a determiner.


All the girls here have lost either one or both parents.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


But now all trust in human faith must forever be at an end.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


Four sides of paper were insufficient to contain all her delight.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


All the east coast north of the Zambesi will be your battle-ground.

From ‘Greenmantle’, by John Buchan.


He listened to all their impertinence with the most forbearing courtesy.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“I know he has the highest opinion in the world of all your family.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


Has he been acting a part in his behaviour to your sister all this time?

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


All the time you’re a bloody traitor. You want to sell us to Germany.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


Her dull, cowed, and listless manner for days seemed to substantiate all this.

From ‘Jude the Obscure’, by Thomas Hardy.


She was nearly fainting: all her former habitual dread of her uncle was returning.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


“There is nothing I can say, sir,” I returned, “except that all the blame is mine.”

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


My legs seemed made of lead, my head burned, and there were fiery pains over all my body.

From ‘Greenmantle’, by John Buchan.


I was humbled out of all my pride by the sight of Peter, so uncomplaining and gentle and wise.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


The poor man with a rich spirit is in all ways superior to the rich man with a poor spirit.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.


The good priest could not believe that ships were sent all the way to China to fetch dried leaves.

From ‘Household Words’, by Charles Dickens.
Of an Italian priest, served tea for the first time. He drank ‘seven or eight cups’, though.


His dog had been held up to ridicule to all the world. He did not want to smile; he wanted revenge.

From ‘Mike and Psmith’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


His pictures of Heligoland in all kinds of weathers, his ships in distress, and his wrecks ashore, breathe life.

From ‘Household Words’, by Charles Dickens.
Of Heinrich Gätke (1814-1897), German ornithologist and artist. Much of his work was destroyed by bombing in 1944.


“My younger sister has left all her friends — has eloped; has thrown herself into the power of — of Mr. Wickham.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


Equally important has been the influence of the Railway—now the principal means of communication in all civilised countries.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.


“I feel it my duty to promote and establish the blessing of peace in all families within the reach of my influence.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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“I’ve forgotten your name,” admitted Jill frankly. “But that’s nothing. I always forget names.”

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.

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