The Strange Workings Of The English Language Part Four

Here is part four in my new series, where I take a look at the weird and wonderful world of words. If you missed part one, please click here. You’ll find part two here and part three here.

Q. When do you use the words ‘all together’ and when is the word ‘altogether’ more appropriate?

A. ‘All together’ means everyone or everything together. For example:

We’ll tackle this problem all together.

‘Altogether’ is an adverb and means entirely/all in all/completely. For example:

Altogether, I have fifty-seven handbags in my wardrobe.

Interesting word of the week:

YONDERLY

Meaning: Aloof/reserved/morose/gloomy.

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14 Responses to The Strange Workings Of The English Language Part Four

  1. If we do it all together; the result will be altogether different.

  2. amydwestphal says:

    Yonderly. I like it. Kind of sounds like a nice way to say RBF.

  3. TanGental says:

    I confess. I don’t think I have ever used altogether, at least not recently. Unlike alright. Can that be so? Surely I must but reading this was like a word revelation. How odd. Leaves me wondering. I think I will word search a couple of books and see. Makes me feel rather yonderly…

  4. Simon says:

    How did we make English so complex?

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