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Compare Dutch allemaal.


  • IPA(key): /ˈaləˌmaːl/, /ˌaləˈmaːl/
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  1. at any rate, at all events, by far
    Ich kann allemal besser Französisch als du.
    At all events, I know better French than you do.
  2. (formal, poetic) always
    Er hat allemal versagt.
    He always failed.
  3. (old spelling) all times, each time, every time
    Er hat dreimal geschossen und allemal daneben.
    He shot three times and each time off target.

Usage notes[edit]

In the latter case, when meaning “all times, each time”, contemporary spelling requires alle Mal (or alle Male) to be spelt as two separate words. A violation of this rule is, however, not likely to be a cardinal error since separating the sense of “always” from that of “each time” is quite difficult, and often arbitrary. More at Mal.

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