People are often surprised to learn that alright is not an accepted spelling of all right. Although the one-word spelling of alright is seen in informal writing, teachers and editors will always consider it incorrect. To use the expression with impunity, it is best to spell it as two words: all right. It is equally possible that your English teacher saw nothing wrong with the spelling alright and that you are reading this because a coworker or editor has challenged you on it for the first time. So how did it come to this, and how did you manage to live your whole life to this point without knowing that alright is not all right? Grammarly can save you from misspellings, grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and other writing issues on all your favorite websites. Your writing, at its best. Be the best writer in the office. Get Grammarly.
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usage note for alright
Alright , alright , alright : Matthew McConaughey wasn't the only actor whose Emmy night didn't end as planned. The weather forecast was supposed to be alright but it seems to be getting worse. They sent for a conjurer and he came and rubbed some medicine on her body and she got alright. It would have been alright had I been taught Latin so it would have been of some benefit to me. Alright , Mr. Stewart, how did you find your cow, with some new kind of radar? Then you will look an' say, " Alright , I will pay five dollar.
To save this word, you'll need to log in. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing. Send us feedback. See more words from the same year Watch More on alright Alright vs. All Right Is 'alright' all right? From the Editors at Merriam-Webster. All right or alright? Which is correct, and when?