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Hi teachers,

Can I use the phrase "the totality of" to explain "all"? Does it make sense?

I have all the ingredients to make the cake.

Thanks.

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BCNNCan I use the phrase "the totality of" to explain "all"? Does it make sense?

Yes and yes. However, even though you can explain 'all' that way to some extent, you should not use it in the given sentence as a substitute for 'all' because 'the totality of' is too formal and grand to appear in such an ordinary sentence. 'totality' brings in the idea of 'the whole' of something, often something abstract, or at least more abstract than cake ingredients. Emotion: smile

It's hard to sum up the totality of one's relationships.
Accountants cannot always see the totality of your business.
While one's subjective experience is true, it may not be the totality of truth.

CJ

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It makes sense, but it's far too wordy and formal for normal conversation.

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Rover_KEIt makes sense, but it's far too wordy and formal for normal conversation.

I don't intend to use it in a conversation at all. Just to know if it can "explain "all" in that sentence.

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CalifJimYes and yes. However, even though you can explain 'all' that way to some extent, you should not use it in the given sentence as a substitute for 'all' because 'the totality of' is too formal and grand to appear in such an ordinary sentence. 'totality' brings in the idea of 'the whole' of something, often something abstract, or at least more abstract than cake ingredients.

Cristal clear, CJ. I won't use it in a conversation for sure. Just to know if the explanation made sense.

BCNNCristal

Oops!

Crystal

CJ

CalifJimOops!
Crystal
CJ

My apologies. My Spanish mind has betrayed me.

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¿Usted es de España? Emotion: surprise

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CalifJim¿Usted es de España?

Así es, de Barcelona.Pero no me trates de usted, por favor. ¿Y tú, de California?

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