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Do all together and altogether mean the same and if not, what are the differences?

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No. "All together" is used to refer to a collection of people or things that are in the same place; for example, "The spoons are all together in the left drawer." "Altogether" means "in sum" or "in total"; for example, "Altogether, the repairs to my car cost $4000."

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+1 Nice. So they have different meanings altogether. :) Altogether here means "completely". – b.roth Aug 16 '10 at 15:35

"All together" means everyone or everything together. Where "altogether" is an adverb and means "all in all," "all told," or "completely."


It's time to sing. All together now!

That was altogether too difficult.

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