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An example use of whole in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… bring Crosby and a whole load of artists …”
Whole means the entirety of something.
the word whole occurs in english on average 298.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that whole can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;