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All of a sudden, I felt the need to hug a stuffed animal.
The 'official' phrase approved by dictionaries is all of a sudden.
If, as an editor, I saw all of the sudden, I would question it.
Oh, who am I kidding?
I would just correct it.
The word 'the' in this phrase just sounds incorrect.
If we look back on our blog on redundancies and concise writing, we should also realize 'all of a sudden' is redundant and not concise when we can simply say 'suddenly.'
So my original sentence could be written like this: Suddenly, I felt the need to hug a stuffed animal.
A reminder: if you are using a phrase like this, be sure you are 1) using it correctly, and 2) not going to cause someone to think you have a typographical error in your book.
From Grammarist.com: "The phrase [all of a sudden] dates back to Shakespeare in The Taming of the Shrew, though oddly the variant all of the sudden was in print six years before Shakespeare."
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