Which of the following two versions is correct? Or are both of them incorrect?

The one who ate all nuts was Squirrel.




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Both, kind of. It's an adverbial noun (noun that can behave like an adverb), so you can treat it like you would any other number + counter.

So your first sentence is almost correct (skip the に):


Alternatively, you can use の instead to use it attributively (but not な):


  • Thank you for the explanation. If the word was different, e.g. 半分 would it be used in the same manner or is there something specific about 全部?
    – Nutkin
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 23:35
  • @Nutkin it kind of depends on the word, but 半分 in particular I think works the same. Check a dictionary like Jisho and see if it says adverbial noun.
    – Blavius
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 0:13

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