Altogether 還是 all together 呢?

Altogether 是個副詞,主要意為「完全,全然」(completely) 或「總共,共計」(in total)。Altogether 意為「完全,全然」時旨在強調某事物完全停止、結束,或者強調某事物被完全遺忘或忽視,抑或強調對所說的話完全肯定;所以,not altogether 意為「不完全是」(not completely)。例如:

  • The government has decided to abolish the tax altogether. (政府已決定完全取消這項稅收)
  • Many people have stopped using their computers altogether. (許多人已完全不用自己的電腦了)
  • John seemed to have forgotten our quarrel altogether. (約翰似乎已完全忘了我們吵過架)
  • This is a new solution altogether. (這完全是一種新的解決方案)
  • I don’t altogether agree with you. (我不完全同意你的看法)
  • I’m not altogether sure Mary will marry me. (我不能完全肯定瑪麗會嫁給我)
  • The speaker was $60 and the microphone was $30, so it was $90 altogether. (喇叭 60 美元、麥克風 30 美元,所以總共是 90 美元)
  • How many students will there be altogether? (總共會有多少學生?)


All together 亦當副詞用,意為「(每個人或每件事物) 一起」,意思和用法皆近似於 together。例如:

  • You must add all these numbers together. (你必須把這些數字全部加起來)
    = You must add these numbers all together.
  • The waiter asked if we were all together, so I said that we were two separate parties. (服務生問我們是不是一起的,我說我們是不同的兩組人) (正)
    The waiter asked if we were altogether, so I said that we were two separate parties. (誤)
  • They were still all together when I left. (我走的時候,他們還在一起) (正)
    They were still altogether when I left. (誤)
  • Put your books all together and I’ll arrange them neatly along the shelf. (把你的書籍集中在一起,我會把它們整整齊齊地排列在書架上) (正)
    Put your books altogether and I’ll arrange them neatly along the shelf. (誤)
  • Teacher: “Idiosyncrasy.” All together now. (老師:idiosyncrasy。現在大家一起唸) (正)
    [Teacher: “Idiosyncrasy.” Altogether now. (誤)]
    Students: “Idiosyncrasy.” (學生:idiosyncrasy。)
    - All together now 意為「現在大家一起來」,如「現在大家一起說」、「現在大家一起唱」、「現在大家一起唸」等等。
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