This combined form word confusion probably arises from the same general confusion as reigns over the other alls: “All Ready versus Already“, “All Right versus Alright“, and “All Together versus Altogether“.
Just like “All Ready versus Already“, all ways and always mean two different things and can really screw up a reader’s interpretation. So always be sure to consider all the ways in which your phrasing and word choices can change what you mean.
And, yes, that the in the middle of all the ways is acceptable and generally implied when using all ways.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; English Plus; Grammarist|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adverb + Noun = Adverbial Phrase||Adverb|
|Using every possible method
Total number of methods
In every single way
From all sides
|At all times
As a last resort
|He tried all ways to fix the leak.
“He said he hopes to partner with the school in all ways possible, and to help make the students feel at home” (The Register-Herald).
“We do not have to succumb to easy dichotomies — either the young men are to be supported in all ways or you are racist; either the police are to be supported in all ways or you are foolish” (The Olympian).
“Oehler says small things, like keeping your cats indoors …, planting fruit-bearing species like blackberries and native grasses, and using bird-safe glass … are all ways in which anybody can help protect the birds with which they share a city” (Newsweek Magazine).
We worked my manuscript over, trying all his ways to make those characters come to life.
All the ways into town are blocked.
In all ways, she’s making it better and better.
|The clock always chimes on the hour.
“I will always love you,” she sang.
The sun always rises in the east.
She had always been an obstinate sort.
She will always be missed.
He is always making derogatory remarks.
If the marriage doesn’t work out, we can always get divorced.
|History of the Word:|
|First known use may have been 1578||Middle English as the genitive case of all way, the inflection probably giving the sense of at every time as opposed to at one uninterrupted time. The difference between the two is no longer distinct.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!