Is it overall or over all?
Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:23 AM
There are a few contexts in which you would want to use "over all," however. For example, if you say, "The plane flew over all of the houses on our street," you would want to use two separate words. Using "overall" here would be an error.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:43 PM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:51 PM
"Overall, your performance was excellent, but you did fail the hippo-wrangling portion of the test."
"The airplane was 50 feet long overall."
"Your overall score was excellent; however, you do show some weakness when you wrangle hippos."
"The overall appearance of the model was unaffected by the minor blemish on his face."
See how the adjectives are used to modify the nouns "score" and "appearance?"
Now, "overall" is also a noun when you use it to refer to the item of clothing consisting of pants and a bib held up with straps. It's usually plural in this usage. http://www.merriam-webster.com/art/dict/overall.htm is a picture.
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