"All the same" or "All the same" - which is correct?.

The word "all the same" expresses opposition, implicit or explicit objection. It is often difficult to write. Many people doubt whether to put a hyphen between parts of it or not. The word “all” is usually used independently, so attaching the particle “taki” to it confuses not only children, but also adults.

Let's remember a simple rule. The "taki" particle is written separately with the words. The exception is 3 cases: it is written with a hyphen after a verb, adverb or particle.

For example:fell asleep, came back, after all, for a long time, just the same.

It is important to note that the particle "taki" must come after the exclusion words, otherwise the hyphen is not put. It is enough to compare both spellings of the particle to remember the rule.

No hyphen Hyphen
ExceptionsHe did leaveHe left
The cat did run away againThe cat again -so ran away
He is still lateHe is still late
All other casesHe's still red-
The traffic light was still not repaired-
He still has a big one gift-

Thus, the word "after all" must be written with a hyphen. However, there is also an exception to the rule about how to spell the word "after all". If there is one more particle between the words “all” and “still”, then “all the same” is written separately.

For example:I'm still older than you.