[Ads-l] New to me: _all the sudden_

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 10 10:17:45 UTC 2016

I've always heard "all of a sudden" and never "all the sudden".

Tom Zurinskas,
Originally SWConn 20 yrs,  college Tenn 3,  work NJ  33,  now FL 14.
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Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2016 3:51 AM
Subject: New to me: _all the sudden_

Topic of a letter of complaint to USAA, whose membership is restricted to
present or former members of the U.S. military:

"_All the sudden_ credit card payments disappear"

But lots of Google discussion: about 2,100,000 results, e.g.

"all the sudden"?
"all the sudden"? - Learn English Online, Teach English<https://www.englishforums.com/English/AllTheSudden/vhpgv/post.htm>
Some of the examples are of the form "all the sudden attention". The BBC entries seem to be blog and forum postings (with other grammatical errors) rather than ...

Tonight I heard (or thought I heard) a Scottish woman in a film using "all
the sudden" the way I would use "all of a sudden" -- that is, meaning
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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