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Started March 15, 2012 - 03:19 PM


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Is afterall one word or two?

Is afterall one word or two?

#2 Chris M. Replied March 16, 2012 - 02:57 PM

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The proper way to spell this is as two words, "after all." The phrase can mean that something happened despite your expectations, as in, "Even though the weather looked threatening, it did not rain after all." It can also mean in light of all the circumstances, as in, "He was, after all, only human." Whichever way you are using it, though, it should be written as two words.

#3 Hannah Rice Myers Replied March 19, 2012 - 08:21 AM

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After all has two meanings, but they do not change they spelling of the word. It is two words, no matter how you shake it (like the idiom)? You can use it to mean in spite of expectations: Mary decided to take the plane after all. It can also mean in view of all circumstances: The medicine did not work after all.

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