Re: 'Entire' Vs. 'Whole'

Subject: Re: 'Entire' Vs. 'Whole'
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- c" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 06:08:29 -0400

Barry Campbell wrote:

On 5/24/06, Dilraj Suri <dssuri -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
Could anyone please suggest, which one of the following is correct and why?

1. I can't see the entire <product_name_acronym> screen.
2. I can't see the whole <product_name_acronym> screen.

Both of them seem fine to me, actually. You're conveying that part of
the screen is cut off on your display.

Actually, entire and whole are interchangeable here; but screen is usually the wrong word. If this is a window-type application (not necessarily Windows, but any window-type GUI) with scrollbars, then it would be appropriate to write, "I can't seen the {entire|whole} <product_name_acronym> window." If it is a device- and OS-independent Web application, then write, "I can't seen the {entire|whole} <product_name_acronym> page." The word screen is generally used only for applications that run on a character terminal.

The object on which you cannot see the page, window, or screen is the monitor.

The only other context in which screen is the word usually chosen is the surface of the device, such as when you are discussing physical care and maintenance of the screen.



WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content delivery. Try it today!.
Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-
To unsubscribe send a blank email to techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

'Entire' Vs. 'Whole': From: Dilraj Suri
Re: 'Entire' Vs. 'Whole': From: Barry Campbell

Previous by Author: Re: Moving upstream
Next by Author: Re: Locating buried documents
Previous by Thread: Re: 'Entire' Vs. 'Whole'
Next by Thread: 'Entire' Vs. 'Whole'?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads