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Writing => All the Write Questions => Topic started by: CallyW on January 11, 2006, 04:00:01 PM

Title: Alright or All right
Post by: CallyW on January 11, 2006, 04:00:01 PM
I've always used alright but have been told that this is wrong.  Which is it?
Title: Re: Alright or All right
Post by: bestwriting on January 11, 2006, 04:08:55 PM
Alright is wrong, but in novel writing it's okay to use if it's written in first person POV.

If it's third person POV, All right is right way.
Title: Re: Alright or All right
Post by: goldanon on January 11, 2006, 05:00:21 PM
Really?  You mean it's not all right to say alright?  I thought they meant slightly different things.  I thought alright was for soemthing like, "Alright, already, I'll do it."  And all right was for, "I'm feeling all right, how about you?"
Title: Re: Alright or All right
Post by: Jayel on January 11, 2006, 08:26:22 PM
If you are using it in dialogue - alright is acceptable for it expresses the character's style of speech.  I was taught that one would not say, "alright" anymore than he would say, "alwrong."  Alright is considered to be non-standard English, therefore it can be irritating to many editors.
Title: Re: Alright or All right
Post by: Lin on January 13, 2006, 12:26:38 PM
Alright is not in my huge dictiionary.

On a lighthearted note, being an ex driving instructor we were encouraged always to use "all correct" or "That's correct" as saying "Right" for "ready" may have caused an accident!!!
Lin
Title: Re: Alright or All right
Post by: Eroica on January 14, 2006, 12:35:40 PM
My Webster's Unabridged gives alright as a synonym for all right, and notes that it is "in reputable use, though all right is more common".

Outlawing alright sounds like snobbishness or pedantry to me.