All Together vs. Altogether

Because you can’t depend on your spellchecker to know the difference between the homophones all together and altogetheryou need to be able to tell them apart.


The phrase all together (two words) refers to people or things gathered in one place or all acting together.

The adverb altogether (one word) means entirely, wholly, or in all.


  • “They came from all parts of Peru. They had never seen each other before but they were all together now, lined up in front of the cement hulks whose insides they had not yet seen.”
    (Mario Vargas Llosa, The Time of the Hero, trans. by Lysander Kemp. Grove Press, 1966)

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