Keep it all together

We get a lot of questions about whether a term is one or two words. Sometimes, the answer is both, depending on context, of course. Such is the case with altogether and all together. “Altogether” is an adverb that means completely, on the whole or all told. “All together” is what we use when people or things are gathered. Here’s a sentence that uses both: “Even though there is some tension, altogether we have a good time when we’re all together.”

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: ""Altogether" is one word as an adverb meaning completely or on the whole: "It was altogether a good plan, but it needed some tweaking." Use two words in other uses: "She was surprised he was able to put it all together in time.""

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