Meaning of ALL in English
DUBIOUS : He spent all the journey talking about accidents.
GOOD : He spent the whole journey talking about accidents.
BAD : This decision changed all of her life.
GOOD : This decision changed her whole life.
Before the singular form of a countable noun we usually use whole or entire : 'We spent the whole lesson singing songs.' 'The entire document will have to be rewritten.' Note that sometimes both all and whole/entire are possible: 'It rained the whole/all the afternoon.' In these cases, whole/entire provides greater emphasis and often express a feeling of surprise, disappointment, satisfaction etc: 'I read the whole book in just two evenings.'
BAD : People envy her because she is good at all.
GOOD : People envy her because she is good at everything.
BAD : Nobody understands all.
GOOD : Nobody understands everything.
Do not use all to mean 'everything' unless it is immediately followed by a relative clause: 'Is that all she wanted to know?'
BAD : All of us didn't want to go to bed.
GOOD : None of us wanted to go to bed.
BAD : All companies will not tolerate lazy workers.
GOOD : No company will tolerate lazy workers.
BAD : We all must try to find a solution to the problem.
GOOD : We must all try to find a solution to the problem.
BAD : We all were delighted when we heard the news.
GOOD : We were all delighted when we heard the news.
BAD : As all you know, my name is Mary Smith.
GOOD : As you all know, my name is Mary Smith.
BAD : I've never forgotten how beautiful all it was.
GOOD : I've never forgotten how beautiful it all was.
All of is placed immediately before a pronoun, but all is placed immediately after. Compare: 'All of them speak French.' 'They all speak French.'
BAD : I like all the kinds of music.
GOOD : I like all kinds of music.
BAD : All of children learn to speak naturally.
GOOD : All children learn to speak naturally.
BAD : All of the young couples need a home of their own.
GOOD : All young couples need a home of their own.
For general reference, put all/most/some etc immediately in front of the noun: 'In Japan most people use chopsticks.'
For specific reference, use all/most/some + of the/these/their etc + noun: 'Most of the Americans I met were very friendly.'
BAD : I didn't like the meal and couldn't eat all.
GOOD : I didn't like the meal and couldn't eat it all.
GOOD : I didn't like the meal and couldn't eat all of it.
Do not use all to replace a pronoun. Use all (or all of ) with a pronoun: 'She took six exams and passed them all.' 'She took six exams and passed all of them.'
See DURING 2 (↑ during )
See PEOPLE 1 (↑ people )
Longman Common Errors English vocabulary. Английский словарь распространенных ошибок Longman. 2012