Sorry about my Darling Husband hijacking my blog yesterday, but it was his birthday and since I was in class, there wasn’t much I could do! So now that I’m back, let’s take a look at altogether and all together. When we’re speaking, you can’t tell the difference between these words. But what happens when you write it down? You need to know the differences between these two words for the printed word, so keep reading to learn more!
Altogether is an adverb. It means “completely” or “all-in-all.” For example, “Altogether, I would say this was a productive session.” In that case, it’s being used as an adverbial conjunction (an adverb that connects different ideas). Another example is “After tax and shipping, it cost $25 altogether.” Here, altogether is modifying the verb “cost.” If you’re using the word(s) to modify a verb, you’ll know to use altogether.
All Together essentially means everyone or everything–together. So I would say “The kittens were all together.” That would mean they were clumped together in some big pile of adorable furballs. 😀 A key factor to knowing if you want altogether or all together is by asking if you can remove all. For example, I can say “The kittens were together.” But I cannot say (to use a previous example) “After tax and shipping, it cost $25 together.” That doesn’t make sense. As such, you would use the two words in the case of the kittens, and one word in the case of the money.