Totally is an adverb means “in a complete or total manner” or “to a complete or total degree.” It tells how something is done.
“Completely” and “fully” are synonyms of “totally,” so see if you can swap them and have the sentence make sense.
She’s not totally awake yet, as the baby’s crying kept her up all night.
We plan to drill 436 wells totally between 2013 and 2025.
We plan to drill 436 wells completely between 2013 and 2025.
Of course you are going to drill them in a complete manner; that’s why we “complete” our wells.
Here you are talking about a full number of wells (noun), not the manner in which they are drilled (adverb). So use the noun “total.”
“In total” means “the whole number or amount” of something.
We plan to drill 436 wells in total between 2013 and 2025.
Another way to say the above example using the noun “total” is:
We plan to drill a total of 436 wells between 2013 and 2025.
Totally is also a slang word used by Valley Girls to mean “yes, indeed.”
He’s like, so cool, and like, so awesome! Totally!
Profound Quote of the Day:
“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.”
Maya Angelou, American poet, b. 1928