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  • We have three apples all total.
  • All total, we have 75 bananas.
  • How many cucumbers do we have all total?

I have heard many sentences like this. I always wonder, is this grammatically correct?

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I think you have misheard the phrase all told. This means counting everything / everyone, e.g.

There were 500 passengers, all told.

Either that or this is an eggcorn of all told.

I have not been able to get an NGram for all total that is relevant, since the phrase pops up in many circumstances. Also, I've not been able to find instances in google books that use all total the way you have.

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No. It's either "in all" or "in total", you cannot use both "all" and "total".

  • Why not? There's no rule against using both. All total does not seem ungrammatical to me (native AmE speaker), though it is less familiar than all in total or all totaled up. – aedia λ May 3 '12 at 20:41
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    "seem" and "grammatical" do not agree. :-) – Kris May 3 '12 at 20:53
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    I mean that it is grammatical for me, whereas it might not be for you; different speakers will have different grammaticality judgments for something like this that may be regional or have started as an eggcorn. While you're right that in all and in total are some of the most universally understood alternatives, cannot use is perhaps a harsh proscription to describe something people are already doing (all and total together). :) – aedia λ May 3 '12 at 21:16
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    Lots of people are said be increasingly saying "I graduated the university" -- no typo there. We've to wait till the authorities declare that as grammatical (or otherwise). – Kris May 3 '12 at 22:57

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