In total or together

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I was solving a maths question. It said that :
John and Lara had 45 marbles in total .- ---------------and so on
Or
John and Lara together had 45 marbles .
What should be used:
"Together" or "in total"?
Thank you
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Both are fine. The important thing in maths questions is to be unambiguous, and here I think both sentences work. If, later on, you refer to how many marbles John has and how many Lara has, I would probably prefer the first option, as the second has a slight suggestion that the marbles don't belong to either one of them on their own.
     
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