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Word Fact: Alright vs. All Right

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Are all right and alright interchangeable? All right has a range of meanings including “safe,” as in Are you all right? or “reliable; good,” as in That fellow is all right. As an adverb, it means “satisfactorily” as in His work is coming along all right, or “yes,” as in All right, I’ll go with you.

The form alright is a one-word spelling of the phrase all right. Alright is commonly used in written dialogue and informal writing, but all right is the only acceptable form in edited writing. Basically, it is not all right to use alright in place of all right in standard English.

The popular song “The Kids Are Alright” by The Who is evidence of popular acceptance of the informal alright. However, the creators of the 2010 film The Kids Are All Right couldn’t bring themselves to use the informal variant even if the title was a clear nod to The Who.

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137 Comments

  1. Lavender -  July 17, 2016 - 10:05 pm

    I think it’s all right if you are writing a proper essay. But if you are writing text, well I guess you can use alright. It depands

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    • Christine -  September 15, 2016 - 3:22 pm

      But what about this-
      If you cut your left side off, you’d be ALRIGHT, or ALL RIGHT?
      This joke doesn’t actually say anything about grammar.

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    • caitly -  September 25, 2016 - 11:31 pm

      i don’t get the difference

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      • caitlyn -  September 25, 2016 - 11:32 pm

        my names caitlyn not caitly

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  2. gabe -  April 8, 2016 - 10:27 am

    I like to think of ALL RIGHT from a rock and roll perspective which you often here in the lyrics, “it was alllllll right,” as it couldn’t be wrong, it was “just right.” Nothing to complain, fuss, or argue about because “all of it was right.” ALRIGHT is just what you say when your girlfriend says, “quit texting back just ‘ok’ all the time.” Ha!

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    • Tom -  July 23, 2016 - 10:54 am

      Like Lavender says, ‘it depands’ Or maybe it depends. ‘Alllll right’ is fine in a song like ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, but if the song were a stuffy baroque piece, ‘JumpinG…Jack Flash’, maybe ‘All Right’ would be the only way.

      Language is not perfect, and I don’t need language police, just guidance and suggestion. I break lots of rules. Sentence fragments, for one. (you see how well that works? If I had said ‘I use sentence fragments’, instead, in this context, that would be stuffy and overwrought and would not send the message any clearer). Economy and clarity trump the rules every. single. time.

      A noun and a predicate are just not always necessary. Unless you are designing a mortgage agreement for somebody buying a condo. Rules often get in the way, so break them. G’head. You’re allowed.

      I want my characters to sound like they are in the moment, and that what they say is their train of thought, the flow of their natural thought process based on their emotional state and what they are dealing with in that moment. If I script them strictly using the King’s English following every piddly little rule, then they sound scripted (which they are), and emotionless, rather than of the moment, and organic.

      So yes. it ‘depands’. That is a good and accurate answer to almost every question.

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      • Tom -  July 23, 2016 - 11:03 am

        And one more thing. Accuracy in conveying a thought trumps everything, too. And ‘All Right’ can have a meaning (such as ‘all of you were right’) that can get in the way of conveying a message, such as ‘do I feel alright’, which has nothing at all to do with how ‘right’ I might be about something. It just muddies the water.

        Clarity.

        There’s one more sentence fragment for you that is hard not to comprehend.

        So I say feel free to use ‘alright’ where YOU think it might be appropriate. Screw the language police. Just don’t break your own rules. Only break the rules if you can justify it. And in many cases, you can.

        Peace

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        • Tom -  July 23, 2016 - 11:32 am

          And I would bet, dollars to donuts, that the reason the ‘film creators’ used ‘All Right’ is because IN THAT CONTEXT it flows better, and conveys the thought with MORE CLARITY.

          And it probably has nothing at all to do with what is ‘all right’ (sorry) or the rules as decreed by the language popo.

          They probably made their own choice, without regard for the rules. Why, is probably just revisionist history. Or an assumption. I like ‘alright’ just fine, but in THAT CONTEXT, I agree that ‘All Right’ just simply works better. Flows better. The rhythm of a thought is also very important, as is aids comprehension, which is the one single golden rule goal of writing, in the first place.

          Rules are often based on shaky reasoning or evidence. Sometimes the language police looks for an example that mildly supports their already-held agenda. That’s just weak. Break those rules first.

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          • AdvNewb -  August 19, 2016 - 9:40 pm

            I could not agree more. What person can say they are all so mighty as to justify how ‘proper’ someone is being using the language in which they want to convey themselves. Screw them. Whatever comes to mind should spill itself onto the page. I agree, whatever ‘seems’ right at the time is what should be chosen as it expresses the present thought process of the person writing the word in the first place. Blah. Blam, whatever – screw it, whatever feels right should be accepted. If you not going to ‘accept’ it, then screw it, I don’t want to talk to you anyways.

            Cheers,

            Warren

  3. Matthew Robison -  January 20, 2016 - 1:18 pm

    This isn’t a word fact, it’s a word opinion.

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    • Frank -  March 1, 2016 - 5:38 am

      I am writing, or attempting to write dialogs in modern colloquial English. My characters need to sound believable and they are young people not university professors. I have to have them use ‘alright’ at the end of a sentence because that’s how people speak, it might not be correct English or good grammar but ‘All Right’ is overly emphatic in casual intimate conversation – or that’s how it sounds to me.. alright?

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      • Matt -  March 23, 2016 - 5:58 am

        No, it’s still a misspelling. Just because people lazily write ‘alright’ doesn’t mean we lazily say it. We are still saying ‘all right’, it’s just sped up. It’s one thing to write ‘gonna’ instead of ‘going to’ because you are actually cutting out letters to say that, but you are still saying the entirety of ‘all right’ even when you speak. Please, please, please do not try to publish anything the uses ‘alright’. it instantly diminishes the value of the piece

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        • Charles Russell -  May 1, 2016 - 3:00 pm

          I agree with you. But please don’t say “just because… doesn’t mean…”. It’s a grammatical abomination. Your sentence does not have a subject, my friend.

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        • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:26 pm

          If we ‘lazily write alright’ ( in your words ), is it also lazy to say OK, rather than say alright?

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        • Tj -  June 12, 2016 - 11:05 pm

          Hi,

          I’d love to comment on your thoughts, here, concerning the use and spelling of “all right” and or, “alright.” Both terms are correct. Here, I’ll try to use a few examples of how they’d be used, and the correct way to use both terms.

          If someone were to ask you, how’re you doing, you wouldn’t respond with, I’m all right. You’d simply reply, I’m alright!

          All right is incorrect. Unless, however, you’re referring to all things, collectively, are, “All Right.” If someone were to tell you some really great news, you’d properly respond with, “Alright!” That sounds great.

          Howbeit, though, all right or alright, both terms are used to describe, adequate, substandard, second best/second rate. The proper way would be to say, when asked, “how are you?” to reply with, I’m well! Thanks. That means you’re better than, just, alright, you’re great.

          An example for the use of “all right,” however, would be, if someone were given a test with 10 questions, for instance etc., and they were to ask, “how’d I do?, did I do alright?” The instructor would reply, “you did better than alright. You did great. You answered them, all right.”

          What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what you e got to say?

          Tj

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          • Kelli -  July 11, 2016 - 4:40 am

            As I was reading all these comments I was seriously starting to get slightly annoyed until finally, Tj, you have explained it correctly! Thank you! And awesome examples- very clever instructor reply, btw! Nice job and thank you for clearing it up.

      • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:04 pm

        ‘All right’ sounds like an instruction, that two or more persons should bear/turn to the right, whereas ‘alright’ can only be interpreted as: (good, sound, OK, ETC.)

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:10 pm

      Ya what ya say?

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      • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:14 pm

        Ya what ya say? Ignore this post, it was meant for Mathew Robison

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    • Matthew robinson -  May 23, 2016 - 7:56 am

      True

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  4. ElectroDFW -  January 14, 2016 - 9:36 am

    If I’m alright, I’m okay.
    If I’m all right, am I okay? Or am I 100% correct? Or do I have no left?
    Seems ‘all right’ is the ambiguous one.
    Although these comments are altogether thought-provoking, can we say enough already? ;)

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    • Twentydragon -  March 29, 2016 - 8:13 am

      If nothing’s wrong with you, then you’re all right. This can lend itself to correctness or to satisfactory-ness, but either way it’s two words.

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      • Josee -  April 27, 2016 - 6:28 am

        SouthSide Fools

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    • Charles Russell -  May 1, 2016 - 3:05 pm

      “Alright” is really just a misspelling of “all right”. Its legitimacy follows from its common use, which is actually the basis of most linguistic change. Mistakes take hold, and then they are no longer regarded as mistakes.

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:07 pm

      If you’re all right, you must be a Tory!

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  5. Pietro Del Buono -  July 29, 2015 - 5:16 am

    In simpler terms: “Alright” is not a word.

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    • ElectroDFW -  January 14, 2016 - 9:41 am

      It used to be – (excerpted from the Columbia Journalism Review)

      Some will say that the “misuse” of “alright” began with the 1965 Pete Townshend song “The Kids Are Alright,” but the first modern citation in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1893. Since then, “alright” has … [caused] much teeth grinding for generations of English teachers and grammarians. Many people don’t even realize that it’s disputed usage, and it’s not historically wrong:
      “Alright” started life in Middle English as one word and split soon after, though “all right” fell from use for quite some time.

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      • Brody -  February 3, 2016 - 11:06 am

        :)

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:08 pm

      In yet more simple terms, it is!

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    • Kelli -  July 11, 2016 - 4:42 am

      Alright is definitely a word, my friend.

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  6. Ella -  July 15, 2015 - 3:58 pm

    Sorry if this is irrelevant, but the same thing happens with “although” and “though”. “Although” is more formal, but “though” is informal and usually not used in writing. Right? ;) :lol:

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    • Dustin -  July 20, 2015 - 6:59 pm

      Don’t you mean “correct”?

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      • Serieani -  September 7, 2015 - 4:50 pm

        In the context of her being right or correct. Both are correct. Both are right. It’s only wrong to use right in the context of “Don’t right her.” instead of ‘Don’t correct her.” Truly, don’t correct her unless you have some sort of basis of intelligence on the matter. Come on now. Let’s not be pratty. RIGHT?

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      • Leede -  February 9, 2016 - 3:57 am

        Take your Latinate snobbery elsewhere! Right is right and it is Anglo-Saxon English, so there. Old English had right also as a verb. To right. Brook Anglish, keep the tongue alive! Go and learn French or Latin if you enjoy its snobbery so much. Leave earthy English to folk who want to talk and get by.

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        • Kelli -  July 11, 2016 - 4:44 am

          Love your response to their snide remark about your use of ‘Right?’. And you used it correctly so they just look even more ridiculous.

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    • svs -  August 3, 2015 - 3:23 am

      no………..

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    • Tj -  June 12, 2016 - 11:20 pm

      Hi Ella,

      Both words are transition words. For instance, etc., if you were to write an essay and you started a sentence with the transitional word, however…

      Example: “Although” Dr. Jon Doe, Ph.D., claims, etc. etc. etc. however, on the other hand, though, Dr. Smith, Ph.D., claims, etc. etc. etc… It really depends on its context and how it is used in a sentence etc.

      What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say?

      Tj

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      • Kelli -  July 11, 2016 - 4:47 am

        Once again Tj has given an excellent explanation. If I could ‘like’ your comments I would! Woohoo Tj is my hero ;)

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  7. Maggie -  May 31, 2015 - 3:31 am

    A’ight?

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    • James -  June 3, 2015 - 5:20 pm

      Alrightly?

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      • DeviB -  August 5, 2015 - 6:38 am

        Awwright!

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  8. jefferyDodge -  March 6, 2015 - 4:08 pm

    Unless one is a cryptologist (me), grammarian, linguist, or linguistic archeologist, the differences are fun to think and argue about, and discuss. If, on the other hand, one is a cryptologist (me), grammarian, linguist, or linguistic archeologist, the differences are fun to think and argue about, and discuss…

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    • MMA4CMT -  April 25, 2015 - 8:17 am

      Very dodgy comment!

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      • Frank Casale -  May 1, 2015 - 7:15 pm

        Rim shot!

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        • Iblack Zenk -  September 21, 2015 - 10:58 am

          nice comment

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          • r engman -  November 4, 2015 - 1:52 pm

            I hate to admit it, but I don’t get it. I also hate to be left out of the joke. Could someone explain why JefferyDodge’s comment is dodgy, deserving of a rim shot, and nice. Thank you.

  9. Martin [ Please do not publish my real name : N R COLE] -  March 5, 2015 - 1:39 pm

    I care not but it seems to me that “all right” more correct.
    2nd Edition Macquarie Dictionary : all right
    alright – See all right.
    E g: It is not all right to use the word “billion” to mean milliard.

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    • Pacey -  April 28, 2015 - 2:36 pm

      Me neither!

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      • Midnighters -  September 24, 2015 - 6:11 am

        Neither is use in the context of sentences such as “She is neither skinny, nor fat.” You are wanting to use the word “Either”

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        • Josee -  April 27, 2016 - 6:28 am

          Yea

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      • Tj -  June 12, 2016 - 11:27 pm

        Neither or either- that’s a fun one too!

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:45 pm

      The operative word here is ‘all’.
      All implies more than one person, so you could not say, ‘Are you all right?’
      It has to be, ‘are you alright?’

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      • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:15 pm

        Or, if you are in fact addressing more than one person, you could say, ‘are you all alright’?

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  10. Ariana -  March 4, 2015 - 2:39 pm

    That is the same thing

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    • Josie -  April 27, 2016 - 6:26 am

      true

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    • bruh -  November 15, 2015 - 3:43 pm

      eh.

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  11. Abuuarqam -  February 27, 2015 - 8:33 am

    now am getting the concept,,you better go farther,,

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    • bruh -  November 15, 2015 - 3:44 pm

      lol

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  12. Allison Foster -  February 26, 2015 - 1:12 pm

    “Alright” is not formal but tells more when we use it..

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    • Joseph -  May 13, 2016 - 6:36 am

      hey Allison

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  13. Ricky Forguson -  February 25, 2015 - 7:23 am

    It appears sumpsimus has won the day on this one but, then again, it’s like asking, “Should I write ‘OK’ or ‘Okay’?” Really??? The mumpsimus that truly drags it’s annoying nails across these chalkboards is TILL vs. ‘TIL. I guess stretching for that apostrophe key is way more taxing than striking that second “L”…….

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    • Rimber Muj -  March 15, 2015 - 6:38 pm

      But ’till’ is a verb that relates to cultivating the soil. Don’t bother reaching for that apostrophe key even if it is right besides the enter key. Just type “til”.

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    • Alex M -  April 27, 2015 - 8:13 am

      I find it hilarious that you use words like sumpsimus or mumpsimus (thanks, by the way, for giving me the opportunity to learn what each one means), but use “it’s” instead of “its”. Sorry. Couldn’t hold it.

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      • Michael M -  August 7, 2015 - 10:29 am

        Should be “it’s like asking” but “its annoying nails.”

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  14. Enigma :P -  February 25, 2015 - 6:36 am

    All right can never mean ‘yes’.
    That’s where the use of ‘alright’ comes, you see.
    We would use, “Alright, have your way” rather than “All right. have your way”
    Wouldn’t we?

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    • Simply Steve -  March 10, 2015 - 8:07 am

      When we say, “Let’s go” the full sentence would be “You let us to go.”

      “Alright, have your way” is a shortened version of “It is all right to have your way.” So, again, alright is not the formal way of using it here even if it is an accepted way.

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    • Jack O'Hara -  January 14, 2016 - 12:49 pm

      This makes perfect sense to me

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    • Twentydragon -  March 29, 2016 - 8:20 am

      No, we would not.

      “All right” in that case indicates that you’re in this case choosing not to find fault with what’s happening. It’s not a direct “yes”, but it has the same effect.

      It’s similar to saying that something is all right. You may not think it’s fantastic, but you don’t see any glaring faults, either.

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:52 pm

      I’m not sure what you’re getting at!

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  15. Kathrine Lee -  February 24, 2015 - 9:56 am

    I love the complexity of our language, the cute little shades of meaning, the elegant and and inelegant turns of the words and the endless choices to tempt the mind!
    Please enroll me and cheer my days!

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 5:54 pm

      Learn to spell enrol first!

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      • Aliesha -  July 9, 2016 - 10:42 am

        “Enroll” is the preferred North American spelling and “Enrol” is preferred outside of the US. “Enroll” was common from the 17th century on, predating “enrol” by at least a century. English speakers outside North America took up the newer “enrol” around 1800. It is likely that Kathrine Lee may live in America or been taught American English in school, unlike you, as I believe you may be from the UK like I am.

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  16. Keith Birch -  February 22, 2015 - 6:04 pm

    This advice is incorrect. In contemporary written British English (the basis of World English), there is no reason that the form cannot be used (except to avoid the prejudice of others who believe it is incorrect)! It has been in use in writing since the beginning of the 19th century. ‘Altogether’ and ‘already’ have been in use much longer. Check out the Oxford Dictionary (online version).

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  17. David Martínez-Celis -  February 22, 2015 - 9:22 am

    I see a potential use that can justify “alright”. In the phrase “the kids are all right”, “all right” could be taken to mean that they are all correct; however, when the term “alright” is used, the meaning is inextricably that they are all well or that they are all “cool”.

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    • Luna -  February 25, 2015 - 2:27 am

      I absolutely agree with your post!

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    • Carolyn Harkleroad -  February 25, 2015 - 12:18 pm

      Yes, I absolutely see your point! When I went to school, we were taught to use alright, and now I find it’s all wrong

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      • Rimber Muj -  March 15, 2015 - 6:40 pm

        Is there any crime in using “alwrong”?

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        • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:06 pm

          Yes!
          The penalty for such a crime is this:
          If anyone should dare to write the non-word ‘alwrong’, then they shall have that hand severed from their body, alright?!

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  19. Mr. Uday Vijay Modak ( UVM ) -  February 21, 2015 - 4:05 am

    That’s all right ! This helps quite a lot to anyone who feels concerned the correct usage of words or phrases. I would like to receive this information in the PDF if possible, so that it could be stored properly and used whenever need arises.

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  20. cheri -  February 20, 2015 - 11:34 am

    Does that mean we should use “all ready” as well? or “all though”? Both I and my husband have racked our brains trying to remember when “alright” fell out of standard usage. We were raised to spell it that way, even in parochial school. Has it historically been standard usage in British English, and if so, could the fact that we grew up in one of the original thirteen colonies have anything to do with our having been schooled in that usage?

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    • Lynda -  February 26, 2015 - 4:37 pm

      In MA. I was taught All right. In Florida schools, I was taught alright..and I was corrected when I wrote “all right”. I agree, “The kids are alright”..vs..The kids are all right”..It does make a difference. My “spell check” just came on for all right every time I’ve used it here!!

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    • Jilly -  August 18, 2015 - 5:31 pm

      Shouldn’t it have been: Both my husband and I….

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      • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:09 pm

        Yes, if you were your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth!

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    • Twentydragon -  March 29, 2016 - 8:24 am

      “All ready” has a completely different meaning from “already”. The former is in reference to status, and the latter is in reference to time.

      “All together” refers to location. “Altogether” refers to entirety.

      “Almost” refers to near-completion or near-entirety. “All most” is meaningless.

      “All right” refers to a lack of significant things being wrong. “Alright”… see “all right”.

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    • Valarie -  February 21, 2015 - 7:04 pm

      All righty then!

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  24. MJTh -  February 20, 2015 - 1:58 am

    I use Alright. I had to make a few sentences to be sure that’s what I did in fact use.
    BUT, my BURNING question is Head vs Headed. this one has me completely discombobulated & in quite the confuffel.

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    • cheri -  February 20, 2015 - 11:41 am

      You mean like dread, as in “the dread lesson in etymology” or a dread disease?

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    • L -  March 27, 2015 - 8:19 am

      ONE IS A PRESENT TENSE AND THE OTHER IS A PAST TENSE

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:12 pm

      I doubt whether anybody understands the question!

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  25. Farhad -  February 19, 2015 - 10:56 pm

    One of the most confused words. Thanks for sharing this.

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  26. Shubham -  February 19, 2015 - 5:05 pm

    Nice

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  27. hannah -  February 19, 2015 - 4:54 pm

    Raise children with all right

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:25 pm

      Do you mean like the Hitler Jugend?
      All right….Far Right?

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  28. hannah -  February 19, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    I was raised with alright :):):):);););)

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  29. Alfonse -  February 19, 2015 - 4:36 pm

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  31. grammargal -  February 19, 2015 - 3:42 pm

    So how exactly do you use alright?

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    • You DON'T! -  February 20, 2015 - 11:01 pm

      So how do you use “alright”? You DON’T!

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      • Enigma :P -  February 25, 2015 - 6:32 am

        Obviously, you do.
        You wouldn’t say that:
        1) “All right, have it your way then.”
        -It would rather be “Alright, have it your way then.”

        This is how you use ‘alright’, grammargal and even more importantly, THIS IS HOW YOU USE ALRIGHT, Miss/Mr.YOU DON’T

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        • miss y -  February 28, 2015 - 7:53 pm

          Why can’t we just use other, non-confusing terms? For example, if you mean agreement, as in “Alright, have it your way.” why not simply say “Very well, you may have your way – this time!” If you mean the term to indicate that the children are well, just say so. If you intend to say that all is right with the subject under discussion, then use “all right”.
          It has been my experience in the study of cultural histories that when a society begins to lose precision of language (and by this I do not mean natural lingual shifts, but rather the use of imprecise or muddled terms that foster misunderstandings), it also begins to lose world power. In an effort to be relaxed, prosperous people, we slide gradually from an attitude where doing even the small details well is a matter of personal integrity to a place where casual and slipshod are the accepted work ethic. Sadly, this loses the respect of all cultures.
          Please don’t think I’m saying America is going down the drain because we can’t spell, read, or write our own language – that’s just a symptom of the overall problem…

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          • Taylor -  August 28, 2015 - 8:18 am

            Ouch.
            I’m going to study and shape up now. Thank you for hitting me in both my pride and my center for worldly responsibility, miss y.

          • KarJam -  March 24, 2016 - 12:22 am

            Bravo Miss Y,

            Precision matters! I am an engineer so I am naturally prone to attempting to get the details correct. I was corrected once, in second grade, regarding the proper spelling of ‘all right’ and never again wrote it the other way.

            I had this very discussion with my wife and children a few years ago regarding a word she used incorrectly but, since it was starting to become popular in usage she said it didn’t matter. I said it is important because if people can’t communicate clearly, and meaning gets lost, the intellectual level of the population suffers. Communication is the most important thing all animals have so using language correctly, in a firmly agreed upon manner, is essential for societies to thrive.

            Black ice and heat lightning are two of my latest pet peeves. Educating people about things like this is a very thankless task however…

        • Twentydragon -  March 29, 2016 - 8:28 am

          In your example, yes, I would say it that way. Saying “all right” indicates that you are in this case choosing not to find fault in whatever the other person is doing. And if nothing’s wrong, then it’s all right.

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          • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 4:42 pm

            In your ‘center’ for worldly responsibility, Taylor ( whatever that may mean), you should make a point of spelling the English word ‘centre’ as it should be spelled, alright?!

      • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:25 pm

        You do so!

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      • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:57 pm

        Yes, you do!

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  34. Peter Armstrong -  February 19, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    Perhaps this applies to ‘all right’ and ‘alright’ but definitely not to the ‘alrght’ on your blackboard. ‘Alrght!’ was a common pirate phrase usually expressed when an unfortunate was forced to walk the plank. Keep in mind, walking the plonk has a totally different meaning again, and to walk the plink…well, that is just ridiculous!

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  35. Stefanie -  February 19, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    and then it’s fixed…lol

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  36. Stefanie -  February 19, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    The “i” is missing the graphic for “alright”.

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  37. Ricky Forguson -  February 19, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    So, “alright” is simply a result of two distinct words crashing into each other and shedding a superfluous consonant in the ensuing mayhem? Just how lazy does one have to be not to scratch a second “l” and lift the pen from the paper or strike the “l” key a second time and tap the thumb on the “space” bar?

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    • cheri -  February 20, 2015 - 11:59 am

      Now now, let’s not be curmudgeonly; I don’t think it’s a matter of laziness. Some of us dinosaurs were raised to spell alright that way. Less ambiguous at times, as in a prior example, “the men were all right” or “the men were alright,” one meaning that each man was right, and one meaning all the men were okay. And as I pointed out before, “already” and “although” are two examples of words that were “crashed together” probably several centuries ago. No need to get head-up over these things. It’ll be alright.

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      • Di- -  September 28, 2015 - 6:27 pm

        Now that was a wonderful use of words. My Sister is a ‘SOT’….. Now I use this word and ‘Some people like cup cakes better’. I for one care less for them’. Sorry my mind went wandering. lol. Anyway they look at me as if I”m making up words! She is a SOT! Thanks. Had to get that off my mind.

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  38. evelynjean -  February 19, 2015 - 11:29 am

    Hey by the way, on the chalkboard, alright is spelled wrong. (not alrght), Okay. You’re welcome.

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  39. Marti -  February 19, 2015 - 11:23 am

    Thanks! Heard many years ago that “alright ” wasn’t proper. Now it is confirmed!

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:52 pm

      I would like to disaffirm you of the notion that ‘alright’ isn’t proper.
      IT IS!

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  40. Marti -  February 19, 2015 - 11:19 am

    Thanks…heard many years ago that alright isn’t proper! Now, confirmed’

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  41. Dean -  February 19, 2015 - 11:03 am

    It probaby goes without saying that it is never all right to spell it “alrght”.

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    • Dean -  February 19, 2015 - 11:06 am

      Same goes for spelling probably as “probaby”

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    • Brian -  May 5, 2016 - 6:39 pm

      It does indeed go without saying, that it is never alright to spell it ‘sic’ “alrght”.
      But it also goes without saying, that it’s always wrong, to say that it is never all right…..etc., etc., etc.,….

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  42. Aisha -  February 19, 2015 - 10:59 am

    It is simply the all encompassing idea of the entire set of criteria of a circumstance i. e. Every thing is in good order.

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  43. Brett Mills -  February 19, 2015 - 10:51 am

    And now I see it has been corrected.

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  44. Brett Mills -  February 19, 2015 - 10:50 am

    Just making note of the chalkboard picture used for “Word Fact of the Week” this week regarding “all right vs. alright” – “alright” on the chalkboard is spelled “alrght” – the “i” has been omitted.

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    • Brett Mills -  February 19, 2015 - 11:12 am

      I see it has been corrected.

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  45. William Mensah -  February 19, 2015 - 10:41 am

    I really do love this app. It’s very resourceful.

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    • Keith Birch -  February 22, 2015 - 6:16 pm

      Unfortunately, it is often incorrect. Please check out my recent post.

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  46. William Mensah -  February 19, 2015 - 10:40 am

    I love this app.

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  47. rick -  February 19, 2015 - 10:34 am

    Apparently, you spelled alrght missing the “i”.

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  48. wsefghjjbbvfty -  February 19, 2015 - 7:10 am

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  49. Covarr -  February 18, 2015 - 5:01 pm

    I feel like “alright” is less ambiguous. “Those guys are all right” could mean they’re cool people, they’re okay to hang with… but it could also mean that they’re all correct. “Alright” is much clearer, even if less formally accepted.

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    • cheri -  February 20, 2015 - 11:46 am

      Or, it could mean that each one of the guys is right, so they are ALL right. Right?

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