"You own me 100 dollars altogether."

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"You own me 100 dollars altogether."

 

I know that the speech part of altogether is an adverb, but I feel like semantically it modifies 100 dollars, not own.

 

What do you experts here think about it? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

asked Oct 19 '12 at 08:03 Hans Contributor

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First of all, the verb you are looking for is to owe rather than to own. Secondly, if you have decided to spell out dollars, it would be usual to also spell out a hundred or one hundred. The dollar symbol ($) is equally acceptable with monetary amounts expressed in numerals, however.

 

You owe me a hundred dollars . . .

You owe me $100 . . .

 

Although the meaning of your sentence is clear and unlikely to be misunderstood, you could simply move the modifier to the start of the sentence.

 

Altogether, you owe me $100.

link edited Oct 19 '12 at 09:08 Peter Guess Expert

Thank you so much for great answer and kind explanation as usual and so you mean "altogether" modifies the whole sentence?

HansOct 19 '12 at 09:31

Yes. The construction is similar to "Now, you owe me $100" or "Today, you owe me $100".

Peter GuessOct 19 '12 at 09:41

The comma is optional -- some would use it, others not. It adds an extra "layer" of clarity.

Peter GuessOct 19 '12 at 09:44

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