One of the most difficult things about learning and mastering the English language is that a lot of words sound too alike. Sometimes, this is also because new words are formed by combining already-existing words together.
For this round, we’ll be discussing the words altogether and all together. Here are some sentences which use both forms. Can you guess which pair of sentences uses them correctly?
If you thought the first pair of sentences is correct, then you probably don’t need this lesson anymore.
Altogether is an adverb of manner. It answers the question “how.” The word means “taken as a whole” and is synonymous with “completely,” “totally,” and “wholly.” Sometimes, altogether can also be used to mean “outright.” It can never be separated into two words and can never be used as anything other than an adverb. Here are some examples.
All together, the two-word form, is a phrase which is used in all other ways besides as an adverb. The phrase means “in a group,” “in the same place or at the same time,” “with each other,” and basically everything else, just not as an adverb. Here are more examples.
That should be easy enough to understand, but you’ll need some tricks to remember it. If you can replace all together with all here or replace altogether with completely, then you’re on the right track.
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