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Using All and All Of
There is often confusion over all and all of.
As a very general guideline, use 'all of' when the next word is a pronoun
(e.g., us, you, it, him, her).
— All of us... [correct]
— All of you... [correct]
— All of it... [correct]
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There is no need to use 'all of' for normal nouns. You can just use all.
— All the soldiers... [correct]
— All the nurses... [correct]
I need all of the chairs. [not recommended]
(The word chairs is not a pronoun. This is not wrong, but it is not as succinct as all the chairs. The word 'of' does not add anything. It is redundant.)
All of the divers returned safely. [not recommended]
(The word of is redundant.)
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