- Altogether means “completely,” “all things considered,” or “on the whole.”
- All together means “everyone together” or “everything together.”
It’s often said that the whole isn’t necessarily the sum of its parts. That maxim applies when you turn “every day” into “everyday,” and it’s the same when you turn all together into altogether—you get something completely different.
The difference between all together and altogether
All together refers to all the members of a group. It can mean “everyone or everything together,” or simply “in a group”:
It’s not uncommon to see a noun or a verb between the elements of the phrase:
Altogether is altogether different from all together. It’s not a phrase—it’s a single-word adverb that means “completely,” “all things considered,” “on the whole,” or “all in all”: