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all together, altogether

The phrase all together means “in unison” or “in a group”:

  • Please sing the chorus all together (in unison).
  • They are driving to the concert all together in one car.
  • We found the stolen jewelry lying all together in a heap beside the path.

The adverb altogether means “on the whole,” “in total” or “entirely.”

  • Altogether, it has been an enjoyable experience.
  • There are fifty-nine participants altogether.
  • Marla was altogether distraught when she heard the news.

The phrase in the altogether is used informally to mean “naked.”

  • Ari didn’t open the door because he was in the altogether.