Angela’s ABCs: words sometimes confused – all together and altogether

All together and altogether are homophones, which means they sound alike, but they have different meanings. I, for one, find it easy to confuse them, so the explanation below is for my benefit as well as anyone else who might be interested. All together, a two-word phrase, means collectively, with each other, everyone doing something all at once or all in one place: We gathered round the piano and sang the folk song all together.       (It’s possible to break up this two-word saying as in “We all gathered round… Read More

Angela’s ABCs – Words Easily Confused: Rein and Reign by Angela Caldin

You often see mistakes with these two and that one letter ‘g’ makes a big difference. Reins are long, thin straps used to control a horse and the word is often used figuratively to indicate that a person is in control of something: He held the horse’s reins tightly and felt the animal champ on the metal bit between its teeth. When her father retired she successfully took over the reins of the family business. To give a horse free rein is to hold the reins loosely to allow the animal freedom… Read More