This is altogether wrong

This use of all together on Yahoo! Finance is altogether wrong:

The expression all together indicates a group performing some action collectively. The word that means “completely, entirely” is altogether.

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That’s altogether different

This Yahoo! Style writer should get a jump-start on her high school diploma and head over to a dictionary. She might learn that jump-start has a hyphen, workout is one word when it’s a noun and this sentence is altogether different from correct:

jumpstart-work-out-altogether-sty

Let’s say this all together: If you mean “totally, entirely, completely,” use altogether. Use all together when you mean “together, as a unit or whole.”

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: The Yahoo! Finance writer was altogether wrong:

all-together-fin

If you mean “utterly, completely,” use altogether; if you mean “collectively or together,” use all together.

That’s altogether different

What the Yahoo! Sports meant was altogether; that’s altogether different from all together:

all together sport

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: That’s altogether wrong, Yahoo! Sports!

all together spor

If you mean “utterly, completely, entirely,” use altogether. If you’re referring to a group doing something as a unit, use all together.

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: This is altogether, completely, utterly the wrong word choice on Yahoo! Makers:

all together

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together now: If you mean “entirely, completely, utterly,” use altogether. If you read this on Yahoo! Makers, you know this is altogether wrong:

all together diy

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: This is altogether wrong on the Yahoo! Makers site.

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Downright wrong

There are at least two words in this article from Yahoo! Makers that are downright wrong. One of them is downright:

down right all together diy

I’d be downright ashamed if I wrote that and if I didn’t know the difference between all together (which means that members of a group are performing some act as a unit) and altogether (which is completely, totally, and altogether different).

That’s altogether different

Let’s say this all together: This is utterly, completely, altogether wrong:

all together diy

The editor in chief for Yahoo! Makers should have referred to this information from the American Heritage Dictionary:

Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. We use all together to indicate that the members of a group perform or undergo an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap.

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