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18th January 2018

The whole time

We use this expression to talk about something that happened, or was true for a long period.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
Yes
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
How was your holiday?
It was OK - but it rained the whole time we were there.
Example 2
Did you find your keys?
Yes, they were in my bag the whole time!