Common English Mistakes and Mix-ups: altogether vs all together

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All together is a phrase that means everyone (a group) does something all at the same time or a group of things are together in the same place. For example:

  • Let’s sing the chorus all together!
  • Put the vegetables all together in the sink and I will wash them in a minute.
  • The last time we were all together was way back in high school!

Altogether is an adverb that means completely/totally or in total. For example:

  • I have 7 pets altogether: 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 fish and a bird!
  • The price of the vacation package is $3,000 per person altogether.
  • I can’t believe it! We were supposed to have a huge thunderstorm today, but it stopped raining altogether! 

Helpful Tip: If you can replace the word with ‘completely’ or ‘in total’ you should use altogether. If you can replace the word with ‘in a group’ then you know you want all together. Just read the sentence out loud and substitute one of these phrases. After that you can feel altogether confident about choosing altogether or all together!

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