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Does ganz mean the whole of something and alles mean all the constituent parts?

The whole of Germany. => ganz

Have we got everything? => alles

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"Ganz" means "the whole". The entirety of some single entity: "ganz Deutschland": the whole country of Germany.

"Alles" means "all" in the sense that it's about every element of some group: "alle Deutschen": every single person of German nationality.

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Ganz means "whole" and refers to "completeness." "Ganz Deutschland," the "whole" (entire, complete) country of Germany,

Alles means "all" and refers to a "count." "Alle Leute sind hier.": every (single, previously ennumerated) person is here.

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