September 18, 2012

We're Altogether All Together

I often wonder why English has so many words that sound like each other and mean different things. It would be a much easier language to master without this problem.

The word "altogether" means something is whole or complete. Altogether, the warning signs gave me the impression the edge of the cliff was a dangerous location.

The two-word phrase "all together" indicates that people are gathered in a group. Make sure the children are all together before we leave the museum.

Remember it this way. If it's complete, then the words are one complete piece, altogether. If you have to group the two words together, they stand for a grouping of people, all together.

~Marie