“Is it one word or two?”

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Have you ever sat down to compose an important email or report, only to be interrupted in the midst of your flow by the need to look up whether “altogether” should be spelled as one word or as two words, “all together”

Today we’re looking at words and phrases that frequently leave us wondering, “Is that one word or two?”

Just so you know, “altogether” and “all together” have two distinct meanings even though they sound similar. 

“Altogether” is an adverb, and it means completely, entirely, or in total. 

“She decided to quit the project altogether.”

In this sentence, “altogether” indicates that she quit the project entirely.

On the other hand, “all together” is a phrase that means everyone or everything in a group or collectively.

“Let’s call the team members all together for a meeting.”

In this example, “all together” is used to gather all team members at the same time.

See the difference?

“Altogether” means completely, entirely, or in total, while “all together” is a phrase that means everyone or everything in a group collectively.

In this episode of the My English Matters podcast, I’ve compiled nine more words and phrases that often lead to confusion regarding whether they should be written as one word or two.

Watch the video here.

You can also listen to this episode on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

The ten pairs of words and phrases discussed in the video are:

  1. altogether, all together
  2. a lot, allot
  3. everyday, every day
  4. anyone, any one
  5. already, all ready
  6. anymore, any more
  7. everyone, every one
  8. anytime, any time
  9. apart, a part
  10. overtime, over time

Watch the video to find out the meanings of these words and phrases, and then try the quiz at the end to test your knowledge!


Until next time, 



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