Meaning of WHOLE in English



BAD : As a whole, I am very happy here.

GOOD : On the whole, I am very happy here.


as a whole = considered as a single body or unit: 'The country as a whole is not ready for another election.'

on the whole = generally speaking: 'On the whole, I can see no reason why you shouldn't apply.'

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