Alright versus All Right

What’s the Difference?


When to Use Alright

Alright is the nonstandard variant of the two-word all right. It is widely considered incorrect and is best to avoid in your writing, especially any type of formal writing.

  • The show we went to last night was alright. (Incorrect)
  • I felt alright after I left the restaurant. (Incorrect)

    When to Use All Right

    All Right, as two words, is a phrase that can function as both an adjective and an adverb. All right has a few different meanings: in proper or satisfactory condition; acceptable, allowable; in a satisfactory way; adequately. For example,

  • The mechanic looked at the brakes to see if they were all right. (Adjective)

  • If school is cancelled today, that is all right by me. (Adjective)

  • I did all right, considering all the pressure. (Adverb)


    Summary

    Confusing the words all right vs. alright can be an embarrassing and unnecessary mistake in your writing.

    Alright, one word, is considered to be a spelling error and should be avoided.

    All right, two words, is the preferred form. It is the older form and is used much more frequently than alright.

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