In this blog post we look at when to use altogether and when to use all together.
Altogether and all together are often used interchangeably, but they do have slightly different meanings.
Altogether means "completely" or "totally." It can be used to describe a situation or to emphasize the total amount or number of something.
All together means "in a group" or "as a whole." It can be used to describe a group of people or things that are together in one place or doing something together.
The project was an altogether disaster. (The project was a complete disaster.)
Let's all go to the park together. (Let's go to the park as a group.)
In some cases, the words can be used in similar contexts, but the meaning can be slightly different. For example:
The cost of the trip was altogether too expensive. (The total cost of the trip was too expensive.)
The cost of the trip was all together too expensive. (Each individual cost of the trip was too expensive when combined.)
The project was an altogether disaster.
The cost of the trip was altogether too expensive.
I'm altogether against the idea.
The team performed altogether poorly in the game.
The meal was altogether delicious.
The situation was altogether confusing.
The book was altogether engrossing.
The experience was altogether unforgettable.
The presentation was altogether impressive.
The movie was altogether disappointing.
Let's go to the park all together.
The team huddled all together before the game.
We sat all together on the couch to watch the movie.
All together, there were 20 people at the party.
The choir sang all together in perfect harmony.
All together, the project took six months to complete.
We went on the road trip all together in one car.
The family posed for a photo all together on the beach.
The students worked on the project all together in a group.
All together, the package weighed over 50 pounds.