Altogether or All Together?

What Is the Difference between "Altogether" and "All together"?

"Altogether" and "all together" sound the same, but they have completely different meanings. So, that space is important! They are not interchangeable.
The Quick Answer


(adverb) "completely," "wholly," or "with everything considered"
  • I am not altogether sure. correct tick
  • That will be 11 dollars altogether. Cash or card? correct tick

All Together

(adverb) "collectively"
  • Wait here all together at 11 o'clock. correct tick
  • When I blow the whistle, all jump together. correct tick
  • (Note that there can be words between "all" and "together.")
altogether or all together difference
"Altogether" and "all together" are easy to confuse because they sound identical and their meanings are similar. "Altogether" means wholly or with everything considered. "All together" means "collectively." For example:
  • The pens are 5 Euros. The paper is 3 Euros. That is 8 Euros altogether. correct tick
  • You must stand all together in the stadium. correct tick
  • (Note that the words "all" and "together" can have other words between. "You must all stand together in the stadium." correct tick)

More about "Altogether" and "All Together"

The confusion over "altogether" and "all together" is understandable because the terms are so close in meaning.


The adverb "altogether" means wholly, to the full extent, or with everything considered.

Examples of "altogether" in sentences:
  • I left him altogether convinced that the project will end on time. correct tick
  • Altogether, Mark earns more than his cousin. correct tick

All Together

The term "all together" describes when a group acts or is acted upon collectively. (Of note, there can be other words between "all" and "together.")

Examples of "all together" in sentences:
  • I want you to sing all together. correct tick
  • (I want you all to sing together.)
  • The soldiers stood all together waiting for the plane. correct tick
  • (The soldiers all stood together waiting for the plane.)
  • I would like to see you all together. correct tick
  • (I would like to see all of you together.)

Top Tip

If you can restructure your sentence to put word(s) between "all" and "together," then you need "all together" not "altogether."
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.